Five crunch Champions League fixtures to look forward to this week
Five crunch Champions League fixtures to look forward to this week

Five crunch Champions League fixtures to look forward to this week

UEFA Champions League week-three action is set to resume this week, with a number of interesting fixtures set to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday, 22nd and 23rd October, across various grounds in Europe. 

There are a number of mouth-watering fixtures on the menu, as top teams are set to light the competition's group stage. 

We take a look at some of the key matches to look forward to;

Galatasaray v Real Madrid

Real Madrid are in a bit of crisis following recent struggles both at home and in Europe. The former champions will be hoping to steady their European ship after a disappointing campaign that started with a 3-0 loss away to PSG before another discouraging 2-2 draw against Club Brugge in their second match. 

They face the Turkish side after yet another stumble in La Liga, this time going down 1-0 away to Real Mallorca.

Galatasaray will feel confident going into the fixture, having won two of their previous three meetings with the Liga side in Istanbul. 

Tottenham v Crvena Zvezda

Mauricio Pochettino's side needs to get out of their slump soon, or else their season will collapse, entirely. They were hammered 7-1 at home by Bayern Munich last time out and will need a response at home to their Serbian opponents. 

They are currently third on the table on a single point, same as Olympiacos, whom they drew 2-2 in the opening fixture. 

Salzburg v Napoli

These two sides met in last season's Round of 16, with the Italian side winning the contest despite losing 3-1 in Austria.

Salzburg has been one of the most entertaining sides to watch and played out an entertaining 4-3 loss to Liverpool in Anfield last time out. They face a Napoli side that is yet to concede in the tournament. 

Internazionale v Dortmund

Inter Milan find themselves at the bottom of Group F with Barcelona and Dortmund leading with four points each. The Italians need to get a win against the Germans, or else they'll be moving close to elimination with each passing match.

They have been exceptional in the Italian League and will need that form against a highly offensive German side. 

Ajax v Chelsea

Ajax are riding high in Group H, having won their opening two matches. They host a Chelsea side that is slowly gaining momentum after early-season struggles.

The two sides are favorites to advance from the group, but a 1-0 home loss to the Blues against Valencia almost changed everything. 

Ajax will know a win against one of their strongest challengers will almost guarantee them safe passage to the next round, while Frank Lampard's charges will be keen on avoiding another defeat.

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