UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League Group Stage kicks off proceedings today with one of the most compelling match-ups of the round as Real Madrid takes on Manchester City in a battle of big-spending champions.

Real Madrid's domestic campaign is off to a disappointing start, with just one win in four matches, but Jose Mourinho is determined to get his team off to a good start in a group that is easily the most difficult in the Champions League (a group that includes City, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax). Manchester City's new season hasn't exactly been perfect either, but Roberto Mancini's men still have the firepower to make things very difficult for the 'Galacticos'.

Sergio Aguero could feature for City for the first time in a month as he works his way back from a knee injury, while one-time Real Madrid prospect Javi Garcia looks to build on his outstanding showing against Stoke City last weekend. For Real Madrid, getting Ronaldo involved early and often will be key, as will having Mesut Ozil attacking from the start.

Three teams featuring American players will be in action today as well, with Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht taking on AC Milan and Jermaine Jones leading Schalke 04 in their trip to Greece to take on Olympiakos. Oguchi Onyewu and new club Malaga are also in action, taking on Zenit St. Petersburg.

Here is a closer look at today's Real Madrid-Manchester City clash, and here is a good overall rundown of all the teams competing in the UEFA Champions League.

If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's UEFA Champions League TV Schedule is after the jump):

TODAY'S UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TV SCHEDULE

2:45pm- FOX Soccer Channel- Real Madrid vs. Manchester City

2:45pm- FOX Soccer Plus- Montpellier vs. Arsenal

2:45pm- MSG Plus/FOX Sports Net- AC Milan vs. Anderlecht

2:45pm- DirecTV/FOX Soccer2go- Borussia Dortmund vs. Ajax

2:45pm- DirecTV/FOX Soccer2go- Malaga vs. Zenit St. Petersburg

2:45pm- DirecTV/FOX Soccer2go- Olympiakos vs. Schalke 04

2:45pm- DirecTV/FOX Soccer2go- Dinamo Zagreb vs. Porto

2:45pm- DirecTV/FOX Soccer2go- Paris St. Germain vs. Dynamo Kiev

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43 Responses to UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

  1. brian mcbrewed says:

    COME on ciTEH

  2. Adrian says:

    As bad as Madrid have been lately you just know this team will get up for a match of this magnitude. I predict that they’ll stomp City.

  3. biff says:

    I am a Madrid fan, Adrian, but no, we do not know this. Could be a meltdown. We shall see.

    Hoping Dortmund can whip Ajax…And Schalke can win also…

  4. bryan says:

    no gooch.

  5. Illmatic74 says:

    Pretty defensive lineup Madrid put out there.

  6. Scott says:

    Arsenal showing some resolve? It’s like a whole new team this year!

  7. Adrian says:

    Kljestan has been awful so far. He’s missed 3 passes by probably on average of 20-30 yards.

  8. SteveE says:

    They came back and fast! I love it. They really are showing drive and determination now that they have gotten to know each other. Just need Giroud to get on the board and get going

  9. gacm32 says:

    Massive exaggeration. How about that tackle on Boetang that started that break?

  10. Adrian says:

    PSG is doing naughty things to Kiev.

  11. Adrian says:

    I say he’s been awful “so far” and you come at me with something that happened 20 minutes after the time I mentioned? Come on.

  12. gacm32 says:

    He still wasn’t ‘awful’ in the first 20-30 minutes. He had one possession where he turned and ran at the defense and laid a ball nicely into the path of a teammate that created a decent opportunity. I think you’re being a little overly critical of Sascha.

  13. 457 says:

    4 Yanks in the CL. Yippie. Suck it Canada LOL

  14. gacm32 says:

    And what about the shot on goal that forced Abbiati into a save? That wasn’t 20 minutes after your comment.

  15. yikes says:

    from now on GK’s should take PK’s. It sucks how talented stars like Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Lampard get to pad their stats with 10 goals more a season because they take PK’s

  16. soccerhorn says:

    +1. Fact is he’s more than holding his own against the Serie A champs.

  17. soccerhorn says:

    Add Wondolowski to that list.

  18. Jeb says:

    Jermaine Jones anyone?

  19. yikes says:

    Damn Arsenal. Why couldn’t you make a bid for my boy Dempsey?

  20. soccerhorn says:

    Does Jones actually play soccer anywhere besides USMNT? I thought he works as Klinsman’s chauffeur when the Nats are not in camp.

  21. soccerhorn says:

    Anderlecht clearly playing for the draw now.

  22. beachbum says:

    what a second half! 2-2 RM vs. ManC

    RM has answered twice to equalize, 88th minute

  23. beachbum says:

    and Cristiano gets a clear view and rips it right at Hart who punches wide!

  24. yikes says:

    Oh lord when will there be an American starting for the likes of Barcelona or RM.

    will it be 10 years”? 20?

  25. beachbum says:

    chaos in front of Hart’s goal, finally cleared away

    but then Ronaldo!!! in the 90th with the dagger!
    what a strike!

    wow, what a second half…5 goals baby

  26. fifawitz1313 says:

    Crazy ending to the Madrid game.

  27. ....... says:

    Mourinho’s celebration of the goal LOL

    since when is Essien at RM?

  28. beachbum says:

    Mourinho with the Springsteen slide with his thousand dollar suit on…hilarious

  29. beachbum says:

    his best Pete Townsend knee slide across the stage!

  30. soccerhorn says:

    Anderlecht applying good pressure on Milan at the death.

  31. NATO says:

    Brian McBride and Eric Wynalda. which was the better striker for club or country?

  32. Spectra says:

    Has anyone every seen a ball go up over a player and back down quicker than Ronaldos shot? That was so ridiculous I couldn’t evn see where the ball went. I just heard the announcer freak out.

  33. KJ says:

    I’m not saying I support their spending, but I’d much rather watch a match between two teams playing like RM and MC did today than any Barcelona game.

  34. euro snobs have feelings too says:

    I haven’t watched the CL with delight since Liverpool were dumped out of it back in Dec 09.

  35. euro snobs have feelings too says:

    is he going to break that MLS record or what

  36. atd says:

    Christmas tree — huzzah!

  37. Xerxexs says:

    Hart flopped big time on Ronaldo’s goal

  38. soccerhorn says:

    You’re kidding right? That shot was unstoppable. I can’t stand CR7 but that shot was PURE. Oh let me guess, probably Casillas would have made that save? Yeah, right, because he sees SO many shots playing for RM.

  39. uksubs says:

    they played today?

  40. uksubs says:

    20 yrs and most likely it will be a german-american.

  41. Jamie says:

    Right, because being better than 9 supremely talented guys on Madrid at taking penalties and then making them in the biggest, most important games that they often assisted or drew themselves isn’t enough.

    Coaches don’t have players take PK’s to pad their stats-they do it because they don’t choke and they are better than their other talented teammates.

  42. beachbum says:

    wicked strike it was