Two weeks ago these teams met in Leverkusen, Bayer managed to Win with 2: 0, leading the table group C. If the leader of the championship of Russia began in the Champions League With a Victory in the away match With the Portuguese Benfica(Benfica) (2: 0), And then the house played a draw With Monaco(Monaco) (0: 0), Bayer, losing in the opening menegaskan, then won Two in a row. The third will give the opportunity to the German club are already five points ahead of Zenit that For 2 rounds before the end of the group round will be a very impressive margin.
For Zenit even a draw will be a failure, because another competitor in the battle for one of the first 2 places in the group» Monaco «wards Andre Villas-Boas played in the last round. The difficult situation in the Champions League has an impact on the attitude of the players of Zenit to fight in the Russian Cup, where the Team from St. Petersburg managed to lose the outsider Premier League Arsenal from Tula (2: 3).
However, the last before the» Bayer «game For Zenit has developed very successfully, on the 1st day of November wards of Villas-Boas guests won main rival in the championship of Russia CSKA, increasing separation from the army team to seven points. Scoring in the debut of the efforts of the Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia, Zenit held in the end of the minimum benefit. This scenario can bring success and In the meeting With the» Bayer».
The team from Leverkusen in the German League is Not so good As in the Champions League, After 10 rounds scoring just 16 points and ranked fifth. In the last match of the Bundesliga Bayer gave away the outsider, Hamburg(Hamburger SV), For which this victory was only the second in the season. Mentor» Bayer «Roger Schmidt released in Hamburg the main structure, which will probably play in St. Petersburg. Except for the Brazilian defender Wendell, who in the home match against Zenit in fact turned off from the game compatriot Hulk, but the price of 2 warnings, removal and automatic disqualification. Will not be able to play also experienced midfielder Leverkusen’s Stefan reinartz.
According to Schmidt and his team will be in St. Petersburg to play in the usual counter-attacking football, whereas the latter rivals Leverkusen in Germany acted on defense.» In addition to the» Zenith «will push the need for compulsory to take revenge for the defeat in Leverkusen, And it gives Us a good chance,» said Schmidt.
«As in the previous match, we must take Into account the strengths of the enemy,» said Villas-Boas.- Although in Germany everything was good except for those moments when we conceded two goals. We need to observe the ball and take the initiative in their hands.» The Portuguese coach has told, that will Not play With the «Bayer» Igor Smolnikov, questionable part in the game of Ezekiel Garay sometimes, However, the Argentine must get to the petition on the game.
The match «Zenit» — «Bayer» will begin at 20: 00 GMT, the chief justice appointed Alberto Undiano mallenco from Spain.
Tuesday will be another Match in group a: in Lisbon will play Benfica and Monaco (starts at 22: 45 GMT). After three rounds, the situation in the group With this: «Bayer» six points, «Monaco» five, «Zenit» — four, Benfica is one. The first Two teams in the group advance to the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, the Third will continue to struggle in the 1/16 finals of the Europa League.
November 4 will be played six matches in the Champions League, the beginning — 22: 45. In the group And meet the Swedish malmГ¶ (Malm? FF) and the Spanish club atlГ©tico de Madrid (Atletico Madrid), as well As Italian Juventus (Juventus) and Olympiakos (Olympiacos). Victory club atlГ©tico de Madrid and Olympiacos in fact lead them to the next stage.
in group play «Basel» (Basel) (Switzerland) — «Ludogoretz» (Ludogorets) (Bulgaria), real Madrid (Real Madrid) (Spain) — Liverpool (Liverpool) (England), the victory of the Royal club guarantee the current holder of the European Cup continuation of the struggle in the playoffs. Finally, in group D Borussia Dortmund (Borussia Dortmund) (Germany) will play With the Turkish Galatasaray (Galatasaray), And English «reserves» (Arsenal) — Belgian Anderlecht (Anderlecht). Victory Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal ahead of time will determine 2 participants 1/8 finals from this group.
Matches in 4 groups of the Champions League will be played on Wednesday, among the other will be a Match between the English club Manchester city (Manchester City and CSKA Moscow
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