The failures of Russian clubs in Europe this year are no longer surprising and even slightly amused. Not a single victory in 15 matches, and it seems that the streak will never end like Igor Akinfeev’s once great streak in Europe. CSKA was the favorite in all the group matches, but in the end it sits as an outsider with two points.
The most bitter result happened exactly in Holland, where Feyenord beat Igor three times (3: 1). Thus, the fourth round will be decisive for CSKA – a 99% defeat will deprive the team of chances for a Eurospring.
Of course, Muscovites will play to win, but they won’t be able to win with holes in their defense. Feyenord was too beautifully revealing the problem areas of the army team in their field, and now, when CSKA was left without Fernandez and Zainutdinov, they will do it even faster and will definitely not lose.
Arsenal have 9 points after three matches and are about to jump into the playoffs. Therefore, a possible defeat in northern Europe will not be a disaster. Moreover, the British will lose the first place only in the wildest circumstances – if after the defeat 1: 4 « Molde » rolls three rubles into the opponent’s goal.
Of course, this will not happen. Even taking into account the fact that Arteta is taking a frank reserve to Norway. Therefore, rather, Molde has increased chances of scoring another goal, but not winning – Arsenal’s youth in the last European Cup season proved that they are very hungry and ready to rip anyone.
The champions of Norway will play to win and will not give up even in the event of another defeat, and the guys from England will simply play for their pleasure – of course, the teams will score against each other, and probably even more.
In the first meeting, the French destroyed the Italians with three goals from Yazigi, although the match was played at Giuseppe Meazza, and Ibrahimovic was grinning in Milan’s attack. This time the Rossoneri will be even more difficult: the game will take place in the Lille clearing, and Zlatan was injured and did not fly to France.
Without the Swedish karateka, the attack of the “red-blacks” looks a bit dull, but only in Serie A. 3: 0) and Celtic (3: 1).
But Lille’s loss is more serious – Renato Sanshish will not be in the center of the field. It was in this zone that Milan looked better in the first leg, and now they will get absolute power. Stefano Pioli, with a dozen tough middle players at his disposal, will do his best to make the most of the loss.
In Portugal, the rivals forgot about the defense and staged a mincemeat with six goals, the removal of Otamendi and the hosts’ comeback with 1: 3. And for the teams it was not an exception match: the Rangers in Scotland regularly load opponents from three to five goals into the net, Benfica wins 3: 0 and loses 0: 3, and often ends matches with 6-7 goals …
Steven Gerrard’s fighters are particularly angry at home, where they have won their last 12 games by 37-1. And at Benfica almost all the main defenders flew out at the wrong time – Otamendi, Todibo, Tavares and Almeida did not fly to Scotland. Therefore, the guests are obliged to play attack and hope that they will shoot the opponent. In such an environment, the total of 2.5 will be broken faster than your last link will be loaded.