On the eve of the 4th day of the Champions League, many Africans are on deck. Five of them are facing big challenges this Tuesday. Focus.
Milan-Chelsea: Bennacer, the new boss
After a season 2021-2022 in the middle of the road, Ismael Bennacer has found his bite. The Algerian midfielder is once again indisputable in the midfield of the Rossonneri. The 24-year-old player has also played in all three of Milan’s Champions League games this season as a starter. This Tuesday, Stefano Pioli will count on him to beat Chelsea. The Milanese (3rd, 4 points), tied with the Blues (2nd), must win to get back in the race for qualification, in a group dominated by Salzburg (1st, 5 points). Above all, they will have to wash away the affront of the first game, lost at Stamford Bridge (0-3).
Copenhagen-Manchester City: Mahrez, riding the wave
Until last Wednesday, Riyad Mahrez had not scored a goal this season. The Algerian overcame the Indian sign with a goal against Copenhagen for the third day of the Champions League. He then repeated this weekend in the Premier League. As much to say that after having been criticized by Pep Guardiola, the number 26 of the Skyblues takes back the hair of the beast.
This Tuesday, the Citizens travel to Copenhagen. A victory would already ensure Manchesteer City (1st, 9 points) the qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League. Riyad Mahrez will have the opportunity to prove his renaissance.
Dortmund-Seville: Youssef En-Nesyri to save the Andalusians
Sevilla is having a nightmare start to the season, as is the case with Youssef En-Nesyri. The Moroccan striker has scored only one goal this season, and that was in the Champions League. The Andalusians (3rd, 1 pt), who were beaten by Dortmund on their own turf (1-4) last Wednesday, must react. First, because a defeat would already mean elimination. Secondly, because Sevilla has only won one match since the beginning of the season.
Abdou Diallo arrived in the last hours of the summer mercato and became a soccer player again. The Senegalese defender has left the bench of Paris Saint-Germain for the green German pastures. This Tuesday, he will have the opportunity to play his third Champions League game of the season with the trip to Glasgow to challenge Celtic. Leipzig, third in Group F with 3 points, can also offer a big blow. The Germans have the opportunity to take second place from Shakhtior (4 pts) who host Real Madrid. Celtic is last with 1 point.
Maccabi Haifa-Juventus: Mavis Tchibota to shake the old lady
Maccabi Haiffa is last in Group H with 0 points. But the Israelis can qualify for the Europa League. To do this, they will have to quickly collect points. From this Tuesday and the reception of Juventus (3rd, 3 pts). The opportunity is good for the Congolese Mavis Tchibota and his team against an Old Lady who has lost its glory for some time now. Both teams are far from the leaders of this group: Achraf Hakimi’s PSG and Benfica are equal on points (7).
The program of Tuesday (in GMT)