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UEFA Champions League 2018-19: 5 things to look out for

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26 Nov 2018, 22:00 IST

We have many exciting fixtures ahead of us all of which have been played once this season
We have many exciting fixtures ahead of us all of which have been played once this season

The UEFA Champions League is back again after a long break. We will finally get to listen to the Champions League anthem on Tuesday night.

We have many exciting fixtures ahead of us all of which have been played once this season. PSG and Liverpool will go head to head again, this time perhaps with their qualification on the line.

Barcelona will have to visit the city of Eindhoven to face a rampant PSV, who sit five points ahead of Ajax in the Eredivisie.

Meanwhile, the other clash in the group will see Tottenham and Inter Milan facing each other. The campaign could be as good as over for the Spurs, should they lose?

Real Madrid has a tough ask in front of them as they face Roma away from home. The Madrid team is struggling for form and all their players are displaying catastrophic performances as of late.

A loss at Rome will mean that Madrid would have to defeat CSKA at home to ensure qualification, provided that CSKA wins against Plzen.

With many exciting fixtures and matchups, we present five things that you should watch out for on matchday 5 in Europe


#5 Will Juan Foyth make his mark in Europe?

Europe awaits Juan
Europe awaits Juan
Foyth's
antics

This weekend Mauricio Pochettino gave Juan Foyth the spotlight that every young kid would dream of.

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A start in the pressure match against Chelsea. And Foyth lived up to his coach's expectations.

He made three successful tackles out of the four attempted, the highest by any player in the match. He partnered Alderweireld well and helped him keep Chelsea' frightening attack at bay.

Jan Vertonghen is fit and could start against Inter on Wednesday night. But Juan Foyth deserves to start in the game, even more after his solid performance in the Chelsea game.

Should Pochettino give him the start then the Argentine would have a bigger spotlight on him. A spotlight which could boost the youngster's chances to start more often for Tottenham and also be a part of the Argentina squad for Copa America 2019.

There have been players who have made starts in their teens and 20s in the Champions League and announced their arrival on the big stage.

Kylian Mbappe did it against Manchester City two years back. For an even better example, a kid called Lionel Messi started against Chelsea back in 2006. John Terry and Makelele sweated for a majority of the game when he danced through the right-wing.

This is Juan Foyth's chance prove his worth. But will he strive under pressure?

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