UEFA Champions League Day 2 Preview: Real begin title defence versus Roma as Juventus travel to Valencia

Football fans across the world gear up for the second matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

 

Real Madrid vs. Roma

The key clashes include Real Madrid vs. Roma, as Real gear up to defend their title at the Santiago Bernabeu without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid are without Jesus Vallejo while Roma will be without Javier Pastore, who picked up an injury over the weekend and Ante Coric.

There are no suspensions for this match for either side.

Potential XI’s follow –

Real Madrid – 

Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Bale, Asensio, Benzema

AS Roma – 

Olsen, Florenzi, Manolas, Jesus, Kolarov, Cristante, N’Zonzi, Pellegrini, Cengiz Ünder, El Shaarawy, Dzeko

 

Source: whoscored.com

 

Juventus vs. Valencia

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In the other hotly anticipated clash, a Cristiano Ronaldo studded Juventus travel to Valencia in their latest bid to win the Champions League trophy.

Valencia are without the injured Kondogbia and unfit Coquelin, while Juventus are without Douglas Costa.

There are no suspensions for this match for either side.

Potential XI’s follow –

Valencia –

Neto, Paulista, Diakhaby, Gaya, Piccini, Guedes, Soler, Parejo, Wass, Gameiro, Rodrigo

Juventus –

Szczesny, Chiellini, Sandro, Bonucci, Cancelo, Pjanic, Khedira, Matuidi, Ronaldo, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi

 

Source: whoscored.com

 

The other matches of the day include Manchester United vs. Young Boys, Manchester City vs. Lyon, Bayern vs. Benfica, Hoffenheim vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, Ajax vs. AEK and CSKA Moscow vs. Plzen.

Update – UEFA Champions League Day 2 Roundup: Ronaldo sent off as Juventus beat Valencia, Real Madrid outclass Roma, Lyon stun Man City

 

By Aditya Singh