First day of the Champions League group stage: Milan opens against Newcastle; at 9pm Lazio hosts Atletico Madrid at the Olimpico
The Champions League returns with the first day of the group stage. Two Italian teams on the field today, Tuesday 19 September: Milan and Lazio. The other two, however, will play on Wednesday 20 September. The assault on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City restarts, victorious on 10 June against Inter in Istanbul (1-0).
The challenge between Milan and Newcastle (6.45pm on Sky Sport, Sky Sport Uno, Sky Sport 4K and streaming on Mediaset Infinity, Sky Go and Now) the seasonal debut in the Champions League for Milan, which comes from the heavy defeat in the derby against Inter. A defeat, the fifth in a row against the Nerazzurri (it had never happened in the derby), 5-1 (16 September), which Stefano Pioli wants to quickly archive. The Rossoneri will face ex-Tonali’s Newcastle at San Siro, who landed in the Premier League in June for the record sum of 80 million euros, including bonuses. The Devil in defense finds again Tomori, who was disqualified against Inter due to his double yellow card against Roma on 1 September at the Olimpico. The Rossoneri coach is oriented towards making other changes to give the team a breather, which will then play in the championship, again at the Meazza, against Verona (Saturday 23 September, 3pm). On his part, Newcastle gets Tonali backwho with Luciano Spalletti’s national team had stopped and missed the match in Milan against Ukraine (then won 2-1 with Frattesi’s brace).
Lazio-Atletico Madrid (9pm on Canale 5, Sky Sport, Sky Sport Uno, Sky Sport 4k and streaming on Mediaset Infinity, Sky Go and Now). Lazio’s start to the championship hasn’t been the best. And that’s why Maurizio Sarrimaking his seasonal debut in the Champions League in front of his fans at the Olimpico, wants a reaction against Atletico Madrid Diego Pablo Simeone. The defeat against Juventus (3-1, 16 September) infuriated the Biancoceleste coach. There could be some changes in defense: Casale could make way for Patric next to Romagnoli. However, the most significant changes are expected in midfield where Guendouzi should take Kamada’s place and Cataldi risks being overtaken by one of Rovella or Vecino. Problems also for the Colchoneros, returning to La Liga from the heavy defeat against Valencia (3-0, 16 September). On paper the Spaniards remain the strongest team in the group, but a more consistent start to the championship was expected. And they too want to react with Lazio, even without Lemar who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in his right leg against Valencia.
The schedule of the other teams
This is the program of the other Champions League matches on Tuesday 19 September broadcast on Sky and Mediaset Infinity. Group E: 9pm Feyenoord-Celtic. Group F: 9pm Psg-Borussia Dortmund. Group G: 6.45pm Young Boys-Leipzig; 9pm Manchester City-Red Star. Group H: 9pm Barcelona-Antwerp and Shakhtar-Porto.
September 19, 2023 (changed September 19, 2023 | 07:33)
© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED