Osimhen confronts Real Madrid, Manchester United targets Galatasaray scalp

Ikenna Okafor

Nigeria and Napoli of Italy’s striker, Victor Osimhen would be involved in one of the standout matches in the group stage when Napoli confronts Real Madrid tonight, at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples

The Italian champions basks in the euphoria of their 4-0 thrashing of Lecce in Serie, while Real Madrid trounced Girona in the La Liga. Napoli have been far from perfect in the Seria A but they picked up their fourth win of the campaign with the result helping them to amass 14 points from seven matches

Rudi Garcia’s side are third in the Serie A table, four points behind leaders Inter Milan, while they have won three of their last four matches in all competitions, including a 2-1 success over Braga in their Champions League opener.

The Blues reached the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League, which proved to be their best-ever performance in the competition, and they will be expecting to get out of the group this season, with the two favourites in the section locking horns in this contest.

Another game to lookout for, si the encounter between Manchester United and Galatasaray. Tonight’s match is the Red Devils’ first home Champions League outing since a 1-0 defeat to Atlético Madrid saw them exit at the last 16 stage in 2021-22. They have suffered six losses in their last 13 Champions League games at Old Trafford (five wins, two draws), as many as they recorded in their previous 80 (57 wins, 17 draws).

Tonight, Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford will have vital roles to play. Fernandes has assisted a goal on seven of his last eight Champions League appearances, recording as many assists (seven) as every other United player combined throughout their last two participations in the competition (2021-22 and 2023-24).