Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have been enduring torrid times in their respective domestic leagues, but they will be hoping for a change of fortune in the UEFA Champions League.
While the situation is a bit fair for Bayern as they finally halted their winless run over the weekend in the Bundesliga, there are fears that this could be the last Champions League outing for Real Madrid Coach, Julen Lopetegui.
Real Madrid has gone five straight games without a win in all competitions.
Under Lopetegui, the Madrid giant have also set a new club record for the longest goal drought, going 481 minutes without finding the back of the net, with Marcelo’s goal in the 2-1 home defeat to Levante bringing that awful run to an end.
It is understood that for Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez, Lopetegui’s cup is full already and he is only one bad result away from getting the boot.
Time constraint has saved Lopetegui his job for Tuesday’s game, with only a reassuring victory over the Czech outfit, Viktoria Plzen enough to save his job until El Clasico.
In the other tie, AEK Athens are out to further disrupt Bayern Munich’s season when they host the German champions on Tuesday.
Bayern secured a 3-1 win away to Wolfsburg over their weekend, but it was their first win since way back in 22 September with Niko Kovac enduring a troubled start in Bavaria.
AEK are still pointless in Group E after two matches but after seeing Ajax claim a point at the Allianz Arena, they will have hope they can get the better off the Bavarians.
UCL Fixtures Match Day 3
AEK Athens Vs Bayern Munich
Ajax Vs Benfica
Hoffenheim Vs Lyon
Shakhtar Donetsk Vs Manchester City
Real Madrid Vs Viktoria Plzen
Roma Vs CSKA Moscow
Young Boys Vs Valencia
Manchester United Vs Juventus