Both Manchester feature in tonight Champions League action

Champions League

 

Tonight see’s the start of the Champions’ League group stage matches kick off with both Manchester teams in action.

Both clubs have new managers and each one of them will be under tremendous pressure to make sure that their respective clubs both make it to the knockout stage of the competition.

For Manchester United manager David Moyes it will be a challenge he is eager to take on hoping to get United back to the latter stages of the competition for the first time since 2011.

Even though United t remain a favorite to move on from the group stages where they will play German side Bayer Leverkusen, Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk and Spanish side Real Sociedad it is still not a certainty as all three clubs on their day can beat the Premiership champions.

Tonight the Red Devils face north-Westphalia side Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford, after the Germans finished third in the Bundesliga last season just one point behind second place Borussia Dortmund.

Currently being managed by former Liverpool manager Sami Hyypia the Germans will be coming to Manchester looking to take home a point after having one four out of five games this season in their domestic league.

Manchester City

New Manager Manuel Pellegrini know that for him to remain secure in his job at the Etihad that City need to have a good run in the Champions League, and that it was the failure to move on from the group stage last season that led to the departure of Roberto Mancini.

City has spent big again this summer and will have high expectations of the Chilean delivering trophies.

City travel to the Czech Republic today, where they will take on Viktoria Plzen in their first Group D match, which also contains last season’s winners Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow.

The good news for City is that Belgium international Vincent Kompany should be available, but that defender Martin Demichelis, signed from Atletico Madrid in September, will be out with a knee injury. Also doubtful are David Silva, Gael Clichy and Micah Richards.

Plzen are currently leading the Czech League, and have a bit of a reputation of being giant killers and despite being the underdogs have promised that they will fight for every inch of ground.

Pellegrini will not be complacent either after he took Malaga to the latter stages of the competition last season when nobody fancied the Spanish minnows to make it out of the group stage.

About Mark Finlay

Living a simple life in Spain where I follow, and write about the beautiful game. Owner of www.soccertransfers.net. While ranting and ranting and raving at @soccertransfer1 on twitter.

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