return to Naples for Ancelotti, Manchester United in search of confidence

Paris (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti returns to his former club Napoli with Real Madrid, Tuesday evening’s shock for the 2nd day of the Champions League, while Manchester United hopes to ward off its dismal start to the season by hosting Galatasaray.

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. United for morale

Group A

(9:00 p.m.) Manchester United (ENG) – Galatasaray (TUR)

FC Copenhagen (DEN) – Bayern Munich (GER)

After suffering three defeats in four matches, Man United, 10th in the Premier League, has the opportunity to relaunch its season at Old Trafford against the Turks of Galatasaray. The Reds can build on their encouraging performance against Bayern Munich on the first day, where they pushed the German big leaguer to their limits (3-4 at the Allianz Arena).

The Bavarian club, with the successful integration of Harry Kane, who has already scored 9 goals in 7 matches, is traveling to Copenhagen.

. Arsenal and the Lensois awakening

Group B

(9:00 p.m.) Lens (FRA) – Arsenal (ENG)

PSV Eindhoven (NED) – Sevilla (ESP)

The Gunners, who are advancing like last season as challengers to Manchester City in the Premier League, coming within a point last weekend, also hope to succeed in their return to the Champions League. It’s off to a good start for Arteta’s men, easy winners of Eindhoven on the first day (4-0). Their evening opponent, Lens, is slowly coming out of the mine after a disastrous start to the championship. Arsenal has been warned: the awakening of the Sang et Or took place thanks to the C1, with the good draw reported from Seville (1-1).

The Lensois, opponents of Arsenal, are preparing their confrontation with Bollaert in C1, October 2, 2023 in Lens © FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP

Sevilla FC is also starting to enter its season. But the disappointment of the match against Lens is already putting pressure on the Andalusians, who are only aiming for victory in the Netherlands.

. Return to the past for Real and Ancelotti

Group C

(6:45 p.m.) Union Berlin – Braga

(9:00 p.m.) Napoli – Real Madrid

The Madrilenians, who reassured themselves by regaining the lead in La Liga this weekend, will reunite with Naples in a double capacity. Firstly because their coach Carlo Ancelotti was on the Napoli bench for 18 months, between 2018 and 2019; he was abruptly sacked when his team was only 7th in the championship. “A good decision for Napoli as well as for me,” assures the Italian technician, a good player, today. The two clubs also meet again after the two-way confrontation in the round of 16 of the Champions League in 2017, which Real dominated head and shoulders (two 3-1 victories). Naples could hold off this time, after crushing Lecce 4-0 on Saturday.

Champions League 2023-2024: Naples vs Real Madrid
Champions League 2023-2024: Naples vs Real Madrid © Vincent LEFAI, Paz PIZARRO, Sophie RAMIS / AFP

In the other match, Union Berlin and Braga will try to score their first points after their respective defeats against the leaders of the group.

. Inter Milan confident but cautious

(6:45 p.m.) RB Salzburg – Real Sociedad

(9:00 p.m.) Inter Milan – Benfica Lisbon

Last season, Inter had a very good Benfica in the quarter-finals of the same competition (2-0, 3-3). Nerazzuri coach Simone Inzaghi played it modest on Monday, believing that “Benfica has gained in quality”. But the Lisbon club does not have the same build as last year, when it beat Paris SG in the group stages. On the first day, he lost to everyone’s surprise at home against RB Salzburg (0-2). However, Benfica triumphed over its great rival, FC Porto, on Friday in an electric classic (1-0) and could gain confidence from it.

Inter Milan and their striker Lautaro Martinez, here in San Sebastian on September 20, 2023, are wary of Benfica Lisbon
Inter Milan and their striker Lautaro Martinez, here in San Sebastian on September 20, 2023, are wary of Benfica Lisbon © ANDER GILLENEA / AFP/Archives

The astonishing RB Salzburg will for its part try to confirm against Real Sociedad, who showed themselves tough in drawing against Inter (1-1) on September 20.

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