The action of the Champions League action continues this afternoon. With Galatasaray taking on Manchester United, Bayern facing Copenhagen, and Real Madrid taking on Napoli, the second matchday of the European competition will be full of action.
United stalks Galatasaray
According to Fernando Muslera, the next match will take place at home against Manchester United, and he commented that the presence of all supporters will be crucial.
With the support of the fans, the team will be looking for a win in the remaining two matches to advance in the group. All this was commented by the Galatasaray goalkeeper, after their 2-1 loss to Bayern.
Despite Manchester United sitting bottom of the table, just one point behind second place, they failed to keep the crowd at bay during their 4-3 defeat in Copenhagen, according to Rasmus Højlund.
Therefore, the Red Devils are determined not to repeat the same mistake. "We experienced a momentary disconnect that gave them a lot of confidence," the striker shared.
According to Højlund, everyone is aware of the significant impact the crowd can have on the team here, providing them with an important boost.
Højlund has joined a select group of seven players who have scored five or more goals in their first four Champions League appearances, from the group stage to the final.
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Bayern Seeks To Hit Copehangen
Bayern are in the ideal position having qualified for the round of 16 as group winners and are now two games away from a third consecutive group stage with maximum points.
Coach Thomas Tuchel expressed his amazement at the achievement after the victory on Match Day 4 against Galatasaray. He highlighted that they have 12 points and are group leaders. He underlined the importance of this achievement by pointing out that it was their main goal.
Copenhagen finally got the win that coach Jacob Neestrup felt they deserved by beating Manchester United on Match Day 4, and they will be eager to follow that up by holding their fate in their own hands.
Tuchel commented that the team has played four games so far and that, despite three outstanding performances, the squad only managed to pick up one point.
Bayern have won 28 and drawn one of their last 29 home games in the Champions League group stage.
Madrid to face Napoli in the final
Los Merengues have secured their passage to the round of 16, so there is an opportunity to make changes to their lineup for the final two games.
Carlo Ancelotti did something similar in his Match Day 3 win against Braga, and was quick to praise players like Brahim Diaz for taking his chance to impress.
Ancelotti commented that Brahim performed well and probably deserved to be on the pitch for longer.
Ancelotti added that the player did a fantastic defensive job and that this was Madrid's strength as everyone in the squad puts in a great effort.
Napoli have changed coaches since their 1-1 draw against Union Berlin on Match Day 4, with Rudi Garcia being replaced by Walter Mazzarri. The 62-year-old veteran won the Coppa Italia during a previous stint in charge of the Partenopei from 2009 to 2013.
Napoli has lost only two of its last 16 Champions League group stage matches. With this record, the Italian team is looking to qualify and secure a place in the next round.