The English teams have had nothing but rich form pumping through their veins in the Champions League. A couple of clashes gone and two more to go with Chelsea and Man United up next.
At the end of Matchday 2 in the Champions League, all Premier League clubs ran the show in their respective groups. Following a double act by Man City and the Reds, they still run the show! A bit early to tell, but predict we must.
Aside from previous champions Bayern Munich being the ultimate favourites to retain their European cup, ALL of the Premier League clubs look as if they could snatch the accolade from the Germans. That’s how good they’ve been since Matchday 1.
To date, the English lot has conceded as few as two goals and have a combined total of 27 goals scored. Now, before we can celebrate their dominance, an in-form Chelsea must beat Rennes while Man United must get back to winning ways against İstanbul Başakşehir to complete the first round.
If they win and do not concede, there is no denying anyone of the EPL clubs can take gold. If the Blues did not draw their first outing, it would have been the PERFECT start to life in Europe.
🗣”I wanted to come here to win titles”
Timo Werner thinks Chelsea have what it takes to compete in all competitions this season pic.twitter.com/K3Di7pemp4
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 4, 2020
Chelsea vs. Rennes
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Edouard Mendy welcomes his old team to Stamford Bridge. the French side has gotten off to a steady start, sitting third in the Ligue 1 standings. They have five wins, three draws, and one loss to their name.
They will be worthy opponents to the Blues but they have certainly missed the presence of their star stopper, Edouard Mendy. They have conceded 11 goals over the nine games played. Not what you want at the back of your mind when you have to face an attacking lineup of Werner, Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic, and others.
Adding to Les Rennais’ misery, they chase Group C and sit right at the bottom of the standings equal on points (1 point) with the Russian side, Krasnodar, who Chelsea put aside very easily last week.
The Blues should be winning but must not undermine the French resistancère as they have only lost two games in their last 10 outings across all competitions.
Chelsea 2-0 Rennes
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 4, 2020
İstanbul Başakşehir vs. Manchester United
It’s simple for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United – They have to bounce back strong after their weekend defeat to Arsenal. Displaying two different teams from UCL to EPL, they must try and get back to the merciless shown a week ago against RB Leipzig.
They too, have impressed throughout the tournament and should be telling themselves, if they can beat PSG and Leipzig, they should be beating them all. We will gladly see Premier League suspended Anthony Martial back in the starting 11 when they take the pitch.
Ole could make a host of changes but will probably stick with Fred and Scott McTominay in the midfield, with the former not getting a full game on Sunday, but has been one of Ole’s best players this season.
Their Turkish opponents have had a stop-start opening seven games in their league run. They sit seventh in the Turkey Super Lig standings with three wins, one draw, and three losses. In their last six games across all competitions, they have lost in the Champions League only, giving United more than hope they can take all the points.
This will be the twos first meeting in their history, having never played each other in any European competition. Crazy, seeing that Manchester United have loved playing in the Europa League of late.
Can these two powerhouses of England follow in Liverpool and Manchester City’s fine vein of form, and continue to run the show in Europe, causing worry to those from Munich?