UEFA Champions League fixtures: What to look out for on Tuesday. Real Madrid have opportunities to avenge humiliating defeats.
Group A: Lokomotiv Moskva vs Salzburg (18:55 CET)
Group A: Atlético de Madrid vs Bayern
Group B: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid (18:55 CET)
Group B: Mönchengladbach vs Internazionale
Group C: Marseille vs Olympiacos
Group C: Porto vs Manchester City
Group D: Liverpool vs Ajax
Group D: Atalanta vs Midtjylland
*21:00 CET unless stated
Liverpool welcome upwardly-mobile Ajax
The Liverpool Echo was less than impressed when the Reds suffered their first group stage home defeat since 2014 on Matchday 4, describing the hosts’ attack in their 2-0 loss to Atalanta as “alarmingly insipid – tired, weak and bang out of ideas”. Jürgen Klopp’s side still top Group D, but the pressure is on as they welcome a revitalised Ajax.
Will Atlético end Bayern’s winning run?
Bayern’s record-breaking UEFA Champions League winning streak now stretches to 16 games, but with a round of 16 place and top spot now secure, will that run finally end in Madrid? Atlético lost 4-0 in Munich on Matchday 1, but if that result flattered Hansi Flick’s team, Diego Simeone’s men have not sparkled so brightly since. With just five points, the Spaniards cannot yet be certain of reaching the round of 16 for an eighth straight season.
Madrid seek satisfaction at Shakhtar
Real Madrid have rallied since, taking seven points, while the Pitmen have not scored in three matchdays, but Group B still looks tight with two games to go. Eden Hazard’s Matchday 5 performance at Inter will give the Spanish champions courage as they face the Kyiv weather.
Porto welcome 100% City
Group C has divided quite sharply between the haves and the have-nots; Man. City are through with 12 points, but while Porto currently sit pretty with nine, defeat at home to Josep Guardiola’s side could yet give Olympiacos a chance to deny them a round of 16 berth on Matchday 6.