World News – CA – A closer look at England’s opponents in the Champions League this week


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All four English clubs are playing the second legs against the teams they faced in the third round of group matches earlier this month, with Chelsea and United against Rennes and Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday.

Rennes: Julien Stephan was part of the Rennes coaching staff before replacing Sabri Lamouchi as boss in December 2018. They won the Coupe de France this season and third place in Ligue 1 last season brought them into this first Champions League season.

Istanbul Basaksehir: Okan Buruk became the manager of Basaksehir in the summer of 2019 and led them to their first championship title the following season. The former Turkish midfielder ended his playing career at the club after spending much of it at Galatasaray and also at Inter.

Olympiacos: Former Portugal international Pedro Martins first took over the management of a club outside of his home country when he was appointed Olympiacos coach in 2018. Under him, the Greek team won a national double last season and reached the last 16 of the Europa League after being eliminated from the group stage of the Champions League – Arsenal were eliminated in the last 32 and then lost to the Wolves.

Atalanta: After a brief stint as Inter Milan boss in 2011, Gian Piero Gasperini managed Palermo and then Genoa before becoming Atalanta manager in 2016. He then led her to the Champions League in 2019 with a third place in Serie A.. In their debut campaign, they hit the last 16.

Rennes: Rennes’ Champions League bow this season follows the Europa League campaigns of the last two seasons. Reaching the last 16 in 2018-19 was her best run in the competition.

Istanbul Basaksehir: The club made their European debut in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League in 2015/16 and reached the last 16 of the competition last season. This is their first season in the Champions League group stage.

Olympiacos: The best Olympiacos performance in Europe reached the quarter-finals of this competition in 1998-99, where they were eliminated by Juventus.

Atalanta: The Italian club reached the semi-finals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1987-88 and the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1990-91. This was their last continental campaign until they played in the Europa League in 2017/18 before bowing their Champions League two years later.

Rennes: Rennes have lost their last three games in all competitions. Since they were beaten 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, they’ve been going to Paris St. Germain returned with the same result and were beaten 1-0 at home by Bordeaux on Friday. The first two Group E games ended in a 1-1 draw against Krasnodar and a 1-0 defeat in Seville. They slipped from third to seventh place in Ligue 1 after three defeats in their first eleven games.

Istanbul Basaksehir: Since the first victory in the Champions League against United 2-1 in Group H, Basaksehir has defeated Turkish league rivals Genclerbirligi, lost 3-2 in Besiktas on Saturday and is sixth in the domestic table. In the first two group games of the Champions League they had to accept two 0-2 defeats, at RB Leipzig and then at home at PSG.

Olympiacos: Olympiacos are third in Group C after losing 3-0 to City at Etihad Stadium after a 1-0 home win against Marseille and a 2-0 defeat in Porto. The 1-0 loss to Panathinaikos on Saturday was their fourth win in a row in the Greek top division. They are currently leaders in terms of goal difference.

Atalanta: Before the 5-0 win against Liverpool in Bergamo, Gasperini’s men opened their Group D games by beating Midtjylland in Denmark 4-0 and drawing 2-2 at home against Ajax. They are third in their pool and seventh in Serie A after a 1-1 and 0-0 draw against Inter Milan and Spezia.

All eight clubs are facing their respective rivals for only a second time after meeting for the first time in the second legs earlier this month.

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World news – CA – A closer look at the opponents of the English teams in the Champions League this week



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