The Champions League begins, there are barely a few hours for the Champions League anthem to sound for the first time this season, the one that anticipates the great games and puts us chicken skin, as Johan Cruyff would say.
These are the forecasts of 90min for the matches of this first European Tuesday:
Sevilla have taken a great leap in quality this season. The Hispanics have improved the squad that made them dream of the league title last season with players like Lamela or Rafa Mir and, in addition, they have retained Koundé. Red Bull Salzburg, however, have lost stars and actually suffered to be in the group stage. The party will opt for the Seville side.
Manchester United is one of the teams that has been best strengthened this summer. The Red Devils have signed Varane, Jadon Sancho and, at the last minute, Cristiano Ronaldo, the perfect complement to aspire to lift the title. The humble Swiss Young Boys, a priori, will have it very complicated.
Last season it did not enter the pools that neither of these two clubs obtained direct qualification to the Champions League. They succeeded, Lille as Ligue 1 champions. The match will be even, but the good moment of Wolfsburg will decide the game for the Germans. They are first in the Bundesliga with four wins in four games.
The order of Unai Emery against the madness of Gasperini. Villarreal against Atalanta. The two teams will play second place in the group and it will be a highly contested match, but madness will prevail and those from Bergamo will take the lead.
The party is very uneven. Chelsea are the current European champions and also one of the best teams on the continent. Zenit, like Russian football, is not going through its best moment. Those from Petersburg may make it difficult for the blues playing at home, but at Stamford Bridge they have a losing battle before getting off the bus.
The first surprise of the day will arrive in Sweden. Malmö will become powerful at home and will be able to scratch a point against a Juventus that is not going through its best moment. Despite the change of coach, he has started the season as he finished it and shows no signs of prosperity.
Barcelona are seeking revenge against Bayern Munich after the win two seasons ago. They will not succeed. The culés arrive with many casualties in attack and with defensive errors to polish. The game will be crazy, but Bayern, as a more solid team, will take the lead.
Dynamo Kiev will not give the war they have us used to. The Ukrainians will not be able to against Benfica, who have created a very competitive team capable of standing up to anyone. The Portuguese will fight for second place.