Match day number two is near. After week one of the Champions League we saw a shocking upset when Basel beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, we saw almost all the big clubs win their matches, and we also saw a champion winning squad fire their manager. All this happened within the first week, and there is more to come.
Galatasaray vs. Juventus
The champions winning side that fired their manager is Turkish giants Galatasaray. They parted ways with Fatih Terim, a manager who won the Turkish League with Galatasaray not long ago. The Turkish outfit suffered a huge loss to Real Madrid on match day one. They look to bounce back from their terrible performance. As the manager’s seat is empty, they will take on Italian champions Juventus. Juventus salvaged a draw on match day one avoiding an upset by FC Copenhagen. They are both looking to get their first three points of the campaign. Here are some players to watch. For Juventus it is Andrea Pirlo. Pirlo needs to have a strong game for Juventus to shine. For Galatasaray it is Wesley Sneijder. After the defeat to Real Madrid, Sneijder needs a bounce back game as well. He did string some good passes against Los Blancos. But he needs to play at a top level so their attack stays potent against Juventus’ back four for 90 minutes and they don’t drop off in the second half like they did versus Madrid.
Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich
It seems that Manchester City is enjoying their football at the moment. They earned bragging rights as they destroyed neighbors Manchester United four goals to one, and they got a little revenge by going on a scoring spree against Wigan (who beat them last year in the FA Cup final). They will need that confidence to play their upcoming opponent. The German giants come to the Etihad stadium to take on City. The reigning European champions have their confidence high as well. They beat CSKA Moscow 3 goals to none on match day one, and have tied Borussia Dortmund atop of the Bundesliga table. The table is set for these two squads to square off in October. What team will drop their first points of the campaign? We shall wait and see. Here are the players to watch for. For Manchester City it is the complete midfielder Yaya Toure. One word can describe Toure’s game, beast. That is how he needs to perform if City wants to take three points from the Bavarians. For Bayern Munich, it’s Franck Ribery. Look for Ribery to attack either Pablo Zabaleta or Aleksander Kolarov as these two are known to struggle against tricky wingers.
Napoli vs. Arsenal
The group of death is in full swing, and Napoli and Arsenal are on top of it with three points apiece. Napoli beat group winner favorite Borussia Dortmund to get their first three points and Arsenal defeated French club Marseille. On paper this match looks to be the most entertaining and most anticipated of the three. Arsene Wenger’s side is riding a winning streak and Napoli is playing fine football under Rafa Benitez. This match is going to be good. The Arsenal player to watch for is Mesut Ozil. He has given the Gunners a legitimate number 10 playmaker. A void that has not been filled ever since the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona in 2011. Look to see how he distributes the ball and how he can get some of the bench players involved since Arsenal’s depth is small because of injuries. For Napoli it is playmaker Marek Hamsik. Napoli plays most of their attacks through Marek’s game. He is the engine that gets the Napoli attack going and it should be interesting to see him take on that unproven Arsenal back four.