Champions League Tottenham face a test in Marseille, Liverpool visit Napoli, Inter welcome Bayern Munich


The Champions League final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich will be played again in the San siro.

An examination of Wednesday's events in the Champions League

Following three losses at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp travels his underwhelming squad to Napoli. When Klopp was the head coach of Borussia Dortmund in 2013, he was dismissed following a loss, and he also presided over Liverpool's losses in 2018 and 2019.

Only two of Liverpool's six games in the Premier League have resulted in victories.

Despite the offseason departures of captain Lorenzo Insigne, all-time leading scorer Dries Mertens, and defensive leader Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli are unbeaten in five Serie A games and lead the league with 12 goals scored. However, an injured left thigh muscle is raising concerns about the health of Napoli forward Victor Osimhen. The 21-year-old Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who Napoli purchased from Dinamo Batumi for 10 million euros ($10 million), has four goals in five Serie A games.

Ajax will play Rangers in the opening match of their potentially competitive group. Rangers is a Scottish team that hasn't played in the Champions League since 2010.

When Atletico Madrid hosts Porto, goalkeeper Jan Oblak might not be available. He suffered a leg injury last weekend in a Spanish league game and is questionable to start. With Antoine Griezmann once more on the bench, head coach Diego Simeone is anticipated to keep Alvaro Morata and Joao Felix in the attack.

Porto has defeated their opponents 15-4 in their first five games this season, winning four of them.

Ferran Jutgla should be avoided in the group's other encounter between Brugge and Leverkusen. The 23-year-old striker, who transferred from Barcelona to the Belgian league this season, has five goals and three assists after seven games. After recording four straight victories in the Belgian league, Brugge will be attempting to extend their domestic momentum into the European stage under the guidance of Jutgla.

Leverkusen's fortunes have declined since finishing third in the Bundesliga last year with just three points from a possible 15.

At the San Siro, Inter Milan will take on Bayern Munich in a replay of the 2010 championship game. Inter, which under Jose Mourinho won their third and final European Cup 12 years ago, is aiming to rebound from a disheartening derby loss to AC Milan.

Romelu Lukaku's injury prevents the Nerazzurri from using him in attack, thus Edin Dzeko should start there.

Even though Inter has never lost in Munich, Bayern has triumphed in each of their last three meetings with Inter at the San Siro.

After losing Lionel Messi, Barcelona will strive to avoid being eliminated from the Champions League in the group stages twice in a row starting with their opening Champions League match against Czech club Viktoria Plzen. With the additions of Jules Kounde, Raphinha, and Robert Lewandowski, the Catalan club has undergone a complete makeover.

In their opening match in London, Marseille, who is unbeaten in the French league, should put Tottenham to the test against a group that also includes Sporting Lisbon and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Alexis Sanchez, who joined Marseille recently, won't be playing, however, as he is currently serving a suspension for his red card for Inter Milan in the league last season.

In his managerial career, Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has struggled to balance domestic and European competitions and has a dismal track record in Europe. Just 12 of Conte's 54 games in the Champions League and one two-legged knockout encounter have been victories.

Tottenham has won four and tied two of their six Premier League games this season, and they are looking good.

In the opening round of matches, Eintracht who qualified by winning the Europa League will host Sporting.

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