Champions League: Real Madrid aim to return to winning ways in Europe; Bayern Munich take on Lokomotiv Moscow

Real Madrid would aim to return to winning ways in Champions League when they take on Germany's Borussia Mönchengladbach on Tuesday.

FP Sports October 27, 2020 11:26:54 IST
Champions League: Real Madrid aim to return to winning ways in Europe; Bayern Munich take on Lokomotiv Moscow

Real Madrid's players train ahead of Champions League Group B match against Borussia Moenchengladbach. AP

Real Madrid would aim to return to winning ways in Champions League when they take on Germany's Borussia Mönchengladbach on Tuesday. The Spanish giants lost 3-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk in their first Group B match.

Defending champions Bayern Munich would face Lokomotiv Moscow, they defeated Atlético Madrid last week.

Here's look at what’s happening around the Champions League on Tuesday:

Group A

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick says Serge Gnabry could return to the starting lineup against Lokomotiv Moscow after an absence blamed on a false positive result in a coronavirus test. Gnabry sat out last week's 4-0 win over Atlético Madrid and the 5-0 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Bayern lost on their last Champions League visit to Russia in 2016 in a surprise 3-2 defeat to Rostov. Atlético tries to rebound from the loss to Bayern when they host Salzburg, with Luis Suárez coming off his fourth goal of the season at the weekend in the Spanish league.

Group B

Real Madrid head to Germany to play Borussia Mönchengladbach needing to kick-start their Champions League campaign following a 3-2 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk. The last time Madrid played Gladbach away, they lost 5-1 in 1985.

Shakhtar host Inter Milan with more squad depth than for their surprise win over Madrid last week, after several players returned after isolation following a coronavirus outbreak in the squad.

Inter have been relying heavily — some say too heavily — on goals from Romelu Lukaku. Brazilian forward Taison and midfielder Taras Stepanenko among those now available. Eden Hazard has recovered from injury and could make his season debut with Madrid.

Group C

Despite opening the group with a win over Porto last week, Manchester City play at Marseille enduring a difficult start to the Premier League — failing to win three of their first five games. And City are without record scorer Sergio Aguero and fellow striker Gabriel Jesus. Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy, Nathan Ake and Fernandinho are also sidelined. Despite his lack of confidence and goals, Dario Benedetto is expected to start at the Velodrome against City.

Benedetto has not scored for the 1993 European Champions so far this season but coach Andre Villas-Boas has only a few options available for the No. 9 position. After their 1-0 loss at Olympiakos, Marseille are already under pressure as they play their first home game in six years in Europe's top tournament.

Group D

Liverpool are showing — for now — it can cope without Virgil van Dijk. The Premier League champions host Danish club Midtjylland after hard-fought victories against Ajax and Sheffield United last week without their central defender, who requires knee surgery and faces several months out.

Midfielder Fabinho has been tasked with filling in for the Dutchman at the back alongside Joe Gomez. The game at Anfield sees the six-time European champions host a club who were only founded in 1999 and are making their first appearance in the Champions League.

Atalanta, a surprise quarterfinalist last season, host Ajax, a surprise semifinalist two seasons ago. It's the first ever Champions League match in Bergamo for Atalanta, which played at the San Siro in Milan last season while their Gewiss Stadium was being renovated. But no fans will be allowed in.

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