The NextGen Series got back into action last night and today sees a jam-packed schedule including four English teams in action. Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester City are all in action today in crunch games across the board as the Group Stage hottens up.
Last night CSKA Moscow took advantage of the promotion of many of the Ajax stalwarts to the first team with a comfortable 2-0 win which leaves Chelsea in real contention to escape Group 3. CSKA now look clear at the top of the Group leaving Chelsea in a straight battle with last year’s runner-ups and pre-tournament favourites Ajax for second spot.
Chelsea travel to Norway to take on Molde FK and will feel confident of victory considering the Norwegian outfit currently sit bottom of the group with no points and have only mustered the one goal in their first four matches. A win would see The Blues pull level with Ajax on six points.
Tottenham Hotspur look to strengthen their position with a victory over Belgian side Anderlecht. The game in Brussels sees The Young Lilywhites take on the only side to have taken points of the impressive Barca side this season and Spurs will be wary of the threat on offer at the Constant Vanden Stock.
Liverpool travel to the Stadium Rote Erde to take on German outfit Borussia Dortmund with both teams looking for their first points of the campaign. Liverpool have suffered from many of their star players making the step up to the first team and need victory to stay in pursuit of reigning champions Inter Milan and the surprising Rosenborg side, who also face off in tonight’s only action not containing English interest.
Finally Manchester City completes a quartet of English sides travelling abroad as they set off to Turin to take on Juventus. Atilio Lombardo takes his young team to his former stomping ground and a win for either side would leave them at the top of Group 3 with Paris Saint-Germain and Fenerbahce in hot pursuit. The game is also available on Eurosport for anybody interested in taking in the potential future stars for the Premier League champions with the kick-off at 18.00 GMT.
Here are some Tweet's from the lads in Italy, lets ope they did not stay up to late watching the Arsenal v Reading game last night and pick up a great result away from home.
kieran kennedy (@kierank93) October 29, 2012
Denis Suarez (@DenisSuarez36) October 30, 2012
Chilling in room with @karim_rekik_44 watching arsenal game Juventus tomorrow.— Coley-Cole (@DevanteeeCole) October 30, 2012
Flying 2 turino for my match against juventus tomorrow #nextgenseries— Karim Rekik (@Karim_Rekik_44) October 30, 2012
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