Some experienced masters and some future stars will be on display in the Champions League today, including a young Turkish phenomenon named Cengiz Under.
– Well, here us a player who wasn’t on anyone’s radar until a few weeks ago. He was in no manner connected to Roma’s first place finish in its group. But, the 20-year-old is the talking point of Seria A. Roma, who couldn’t win for seven matches, has won its last three, and Under has scored at least once in each. All of a sudden, he’s seen as the heir apparent of Mohamed Salah, and has Roma fans excited about their future – the same fans that were ready to quit on their team a month ago. The entire world will get a chance to witness the former hidden talent’s gift on Wednesday.
– Shakhtar Donetsk has had its steady share of South American flavor over the years. Marlos (officially Ukrainian now), a player who has been with the team since 2014, is seen as the leader of the bunch. Together with Taison, Ferreyra and Bernard, they create a force to be reckoned with up front. The Ukrainian championship continued last weekend, and Shakhtar didn’t seem to have lost a single step, thrashing Odessa 5-0. Marlos had 2 goals and 2 assists in that one. I expect Shakhtar to win this game, and Marlos will make his impact, whether it’s by his scoring or passing skills.
– Pogba and Lukaku are old stories in Manchester. Instead, it’s Alexis Sanchez’s name on everybody’s lips now. He wanted to leave Arsenal and start fresh. Well, he got his wish granted. That wish came with a price. He’ll now be expected to carry this team to glory. I don’t think anyone has doubts about his quality anymore . The question has always been whether he’s the type of player who can be a leader. Personally, I believe he’s best suited in a secondary role, where he can roam the field and find open teammates as often as he tries to dribble his way past opponents. All eyes will be on him in his return to Spanish soil. Sevilla’s fragile defense won’t find it easy dealing with him. If Manchester United leaves Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in positive mood, the Chilean will have a lot to do with those emotions.
– The most in-form player on a currently average Sevilla, Pablo Sarabia has scored and/or assisted in each of the team’s last five encounters. The former Getafe player and Spanish youth teams’ star is becoming Sevilla’s go-to man. He’s the penalty taker and Montella’s most trusted player at the moment. The raucous atmosphere at its home pitch could bring the best out of this team, as it has done many times in the past. Form doesn’t matter much when you’re facing a world-class opponent such as The Red Devils. It’ll be a great test for Sarabia and an opportunity for all of us to see how far he has really advanced in his development.