(Sporting Alert) — Defending champions Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and English Premier League outfits, Manchester City and Manchester United are all on the Champions League fixtures Wednesday night.
The impressive Bayern Munich, under new boss Pep Guardiola, will take on Viktoria Plzen and German champions, though confident of securing a win, will be mindful of the visitors in the Group D matchup at Allianz Arena.
“I have a lot of respect for our opponents,” Guardiola revealed. “I saw them against Manchester City and they performed very well in the first half.
“They have some excellent players and play nice football. The team has changed a bit since I was at Barcelona [who played Plzeň in the 2011/12 group stage] but their philosophy remains the same.”
Bayern Munich seeks third third win in the group stage this season, while Plzen is still without a win in the competition so far.
Also in Group D Manchester City face CSKA Moscow in an early kick-off with both teams looking to keep tabs on the German side with a victory.
Fellow English Premier League side Manchester United, struggling for consistency under new manager David Moyes, play host to Real Sociedad at Old Trafford.
Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Anderlecht will entertain Paris St Germain, Real Madrid brace for a very tight contest with Juventus, while Roberto Mancini and Galatasaray will take on FC Copenhagen.
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Champions League Fixture on Oct. 23.
Manchester United v Real Sociedad
Bayer Leverkusen v Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Madrid v Juventus
Galatasaray v FC Copenhagen
Anderlecht v Paris St Germain
Benfica v Olympiakos
Bayern Munich v Viktoria Plzen
CSKA Moscow v Manchester City