Three questions as the Champions League returns this week
After three weeks away, the Champions League returns to our screens this week with what promises to be a selection of rip-roaring clashes.
Celtic travel to Bayern Munich, Real Madrid host Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool go for their first win away at Maribor.
And it’s those three clashes that we’re focusing on as matchweek three rolls into town.
Can Celtic spring a surprise against Bayern Munich?
With Bayern in a poor patch of form it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Celtic snatch something.
The Hoops are in fine fettle (as always) and can call on an excellent recent away record to back them up here.
Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys have only lost once in 31 matches away from home – and even that was in a dead rubber against Astana.
With the hosts still adjusting to new manager Jupp Heynckes, we think the Glaswegians could strike while the iron is hot.
Can Kane cut it against Real Madrid?
Across the continent in Spain, Tottenham Hotspur will have to be at their best as they take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
If the North Londoners are to get something in the Spanish capital then Harry Kane will need to step up to the mark.
The good news is that the England ace’s record in the Champions League is superb.
Kane has netted in all of his last four games at Europe’s top table.
Real Madrid, though, are a different level.
Spurs’ number one forward may have 15 goals to his name already this season for club and country, but nothing tests a striker’s composure like a night at the Bernabeu.
How will Liverpool fare without Sadio Mane?
Liverpool are in serious need of their first win of group stage against Maribor.
Their cause is not helped by the loss of Sadio Mane for six weeks due to injury.
With Mane out of the side, Liverpool could struggle.
When the Senegal international was missing for seven games in January, the Reds only won once – against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.
It’s not too far-fetched to suggest that Maribor may prove to be slightly sterner opposition than the Pilgrims.
The Slovenians are efficient, industrious and are managed by former Leeds United boss Darko Milanic.
He won’t make things easy for Liverpool, which means it could be another disappointing draw on Tuesday night.
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