Leverkusen returns to the millionaire competition after three years. However, out of the first six competitive matches in the season, he won only one and lost five times. Bayer sporting director Simon Rolfes said after Saturday’s 2-3 home defeat by Freiburg that coach Gerardo Seoane still has the confidence of the management.
Bayer will once again rely on Schick, who ended his wait for his first league goal of the season on Saturday. Hložek did not get on the field in the last two games and will probably start on the bench this time as well. In the second match of Group B, Atlético Madrid will face Porto.
In Wednesday’s program, the fight between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich attracts the most attention. Not one of the big clubs managed to enter the season as expected – Bayern, the Bundesliga champion of recent years, lost points twice in the first five rounds of the domestic competition for two draws. The Italian vice-champions even lost twice, most recently in the city derby against AC (2:3). But they are still 100% in home matches.
In the past two seasons, Bayern reached the quarter-finals in the millionaire competition, and in the spring they were surprisingly eliminated in a double-header with Villarreal.
Ajax blasted Rangers
Ajax Amsterdam beat Glasgow Rangers 4:0 at home in the first block of the match. Sporting Lisbon won 3-0 on the field of reigning Europa League winners Frankfurt.
Ajax decided on the triumph over the last finalist of the Europa League already in the opening act. Between the 17th and 33rd minutes, Álvarez, Berghuis and Kudus scored, followed by Bergwijn after the change of sides.
The reigning Dutch champions won their sixth competitive game in a row, winning the last two by the same scoreline 4-0. On the contrary, Rangers, who start in the main stage of the millionaire competition after 12 years, suffered the same debacle for the second time in a row. On Saturday, they lost to arch-rival Celtic in the Scottish league by the same ratio.
Frankfurt made their debut in the Champions League group. Before that, he started in the competition under its former name European Champions Cup only in the 1959/60 season, when he lost to Real Madrid 3:7 in the final. He conceded all of Sporting’s goals after switching sides. Edwards, Trincao and substitute Santos scored between the 65th and 82nd minutes. For the first time in history, the Lisbon team won the cups on the pitch of the German team.
|Ajax Amsterdam – Rangers 4:0 (3:0)|
|Goals: 17. Álvarez, 32. Berghuis, 33. Kudus, 80. Bergwijn. Referee: Stieler (Germany).|
|Eintracht Frankfurt – Sporting Lisbon 0:3 (0:0)|
|Goals: 65. Edwards, 67. Trincao, 82. Santos. Referee: Grinfeld (Iz.).|