Although City are not in Rome tonight, they’re of course hosting Roma at the Etihad Stadium. It’s a vitally important fixture for the champions of England as another slip up could result in them having to play serious catch-up on both Roma and Bayern in the hope that one of them slips up when they play each other.
However, it would appear City, as a team, are far wiser than that now and they will be hoping that they can ruthlessly dispose of any threat the Italian side pose to them, especially with home advantage as well but City will definitely need the crowd behind them as a number of the endlessly noisy Roma ‘ultras’ have made the journey and they will be hard to drown out.
Paris St. Germain and Barcelona do battle tonight, each looking to gain the upper hand in Group F and of course PSG will be looking to get more than the point they secured against Ajax on the first match day. Barcelona do look more solid under the stewardship of Luis Enrique, evidence being they have scored 17 goals in La Liga whereas they haven’t conceded any as of yet and are seemingly looking to drive a wedge between themselves and their past over reliability on Lionel Messi – Neymar alone has scored 6 league goals this season to Messi’s 5.
Liverpool will head to Basel with a win under their belts at home over Champions League newcomers Ludogorets. However, the trip to Basel will be a completely different experience, in what is sure to be a fiery atmosphere and a Swiss team that will be fired up following their collapse against Real Madrid in their first group game.
Liverpool will want to come away with at least a point as their next game vs. Real Madrid will not be the one to bounce back on if they’re in need of a win. Mario Balotelli and co will look to spring one or two surprises and will also look to come away with the win and 3 points that Liverpool will want badly.
Ludogorets put up a valiant fight in their opening group stage match vs. Liverpool at Anfield but ultimately came up short when they deserved so much more. It’ll be interesting to see if they keep up the same attacking instincts when they face European champions Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
One thing is for sure as far as English sides are concerned and that is Arsenal need to win their game vs. Galatasaray. Having suffered terribly in Dortmund on their opening foray into this seasons’ competition, Arsenal need to inject a bit of verve and added steeliness into their play if they’re to progress anywhere this season.