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In the second match of the Champions League group stage, broadcast live and exclusively on FPT Play, both Man Utd and Real Madrid expect a possible victory against rivals Galatasaray and Napoli.
Two notable matches between Manchester United (Man Utd) vs Galatasaray, Napoli vs Real Madrid in the second series of group stage UEFA Champions League/European Cup 2023/24 will take place at the same time at 2 a.m. on April 4. ten. Facing relatively “easy” opponents, this is an opportunity for the two giants Man Utd and Real Madrid to win, realizing the immediate goal of passing the group stage.
Manchester United aims to win the first 3 points in this year’s Champions League group stage.
Man Utd moves forward bumpily
Entering the new season, Man Utd’s results were not really smooth in the early stages. The Red Devils of Manchester only won 3 wins after 6 rounds in the domestic tournament, losing 3-4 in the opening match of the Champions League.
The defeat at Allianz Arena seemed to have “awakened” coach Ten Hag’s students. Immediately after that, Man Utd convincingly won against Burnley and Crystal Palace in two different tournaments. However, a setback before the Crystal Palace rematch in the Premier League last weekend prevented them from completing 3 consecutive victories.
Although the road to battle is quite bumpy, it cannot be denied that Man Utd’s form has recovered. This has great contributions from rookie duo Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat. Recovering promptly from injury, Mount marked his return with an accurate assist in the match against Crystal Palace. Amrabat performed well despite having to play against his strengths (as left back).
In the upcoming match, Mount and Amrabat will likely continue to be used by coach Ten Hag from the beginning. Besides, Man Utd’s pillars such as Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Casemiro are ready to fight. These scary “cannons” promise to help the Red Devils have a good match against their opponents.
Sofyan Amrabat (red shirt standing in the middle) played extremely impressively in his first start for Manchester United.
As for the home team at Rams Park, although they maintain stable performance in domestic tournaments, they have not been able to shine in the continental arena. During 6 participations in 10 years, the Turkish team has only won 4 out of 31 group stage matches. An unconvincing performance against Copenhagen – the weakest opponent in Group A this season – also contributed to Galatasaray being considered an underdog opponent of Man Utd.
Manchester United will need to pay attention to Mauro Icardi from Galatasaray.
However, Galatasaray has equipped the frame with prominent names such as Hakim Ziyech, Mertens or Mauro Icardi. This is something that the Red Devils need to be on high alert for. If they maintain confidence and enter the game without being subjective, it is likely that Ten Hag teachers and students will still win with a narrow margin.
Real Madrid continues to flourish
In the first match of this year’s Champions League group stage, Real Madrid defeated Union Berlin with a score of 1-0. If calculated more broadly, coach Carlo Ancelotti and his team have won 8 victories after 9 matches on all fronts since the beginning of the season.
Therefore, Los Blancos have the right to hope that the winning momentum will continue when they visit Napoli’s home field in the next match. After winning the Serie A championship last year, the Italian representative is not really stable this season. Besides, their two brightest stars are facing different problems.
Victor Osimhen is at odds with Napoli.
Recently, Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen had a conflict with the club because he felt “disrespected”. Meanwhile, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia can no longer maintain the mutant playing style famous in Europe because he is gradually being “captured” by his opponents. The Georgian winger has only scored 1 goal this season.
Given the opponent’s problems, this will be a better opportunity for Real Madrid to seek a second consecutive victory. The stars of the Bernabeu team, led by Jude Bellingham, are showing formidable form.
Bellingham is currently leading the scoring list in La Liga with 6 goals. Los Blancos’ 103 million euro rookie last summer was also the owner of the “golden goal” that helped Real Madrid overcome Union Berlin. The possibility that the English midfielder will continue to “shoot” is very high.
Besides, Vinicius Junior has also completely recovered from his injury and is ready to compete. The Brazilian player will most likely play from the start, alongside teammate Rodrygo. These two strikers are strong enough to make any defense have a hard time facing.
Despite certain problems, Napoli is clearly not a simple opponent. However, with its class, Real Madrid can still be confident of a victory against the representative from Italy.
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