The richest club competition in the world returns tonight and if you wanted subplots there’s plenty to be had. John Terry goes back to the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and will be hoping that he’s not asked to take a penalty kick this time. Elsewhere AC Milan visit Real Madrid in a clash of the two most successful European Cup sides in the history of the competition – that doesn’t include you Liverpool.
First to Moscow where Chelsea have their second big test of a season that has started rather successfully for the West London club. Only dropping four points so far is as good a start as anyone in Europe and they will want to keep up their 100% record in the Champions League. Their opponents Spartak Moscow will be stern opponents but aren’t even the best side in Russia. Although if they can recreate a slippery pitch and convince John Terry that the year is in fact 2008 they may a chance. At least we might get to see Terry cry on international TV.
Might be worth a punt on Terry scoring at any time – or Paddy Power might have a book on him falling over and crying.
As for the big game in Madrid many are billing it as one both sides will take a lot of enjoyment from and have fun. I’ve heard they’ve even got a bouncy castle for all the subs to play on whilst the two manager’s share jelly and ice cream.