UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH DAY 2 PREVIEW
The opening round of games of the 2022/23 Champions League did not disappoint with both big wins and big shock. UEFA Champions League Match Day 2 will be shown by pay-TV broadcaster BT Sport in the UK.
The weekend’s Premier League games were cancelled due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and it may well be that the coming weekend’s games will be as well. For those who didn’t spend their weekend watching football from the other major leagues around Europe, this will be the first football for you since last week’s European games.
Here’s a quick preview of our picks of the two must-watch games on the slate in Matchweek Two, with an early warning that both of these games will take place Tuesday so you’re on your own for Wednesday!
UEFA Champions League Match Day 2 | Sporting Clube de Portugal vs Tottenham Hotspur
Tuesday 13 September | 1745 BST | BT Sport Live Streaming
This game is being picked purely because of the managers in charge and the opportunity to watch one of the best young coaches in world football take on one of the very best coaches in world football.
Tottenham are managed by Antonio Conte. There’s not much else to be said. The man is a winner. Titles at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan give him a legacy matched by very few. He’s one of the truly elite, club changing managers in the game right. His opponent on Tuesday is one who might some day ascend to that level.
Sporting are managed by Ruben Amorim. The former Benfica midfielder retired from playing in 2017 to pursue a career in coaching. After a brief stint with Casa Pia which ended in farce, he became manager of Braga’s reserves before assuming the first team job just three months later after Ricardo Sa Pinto was fired. The appointment was seen as a massive risk. Sa Pinto had only joined the club in the summer, replacing the brilliant Abel Ferreira who had done a hugely impressive job in his two years at the club and would go on, via a stint with PAOK in Greece, to lead Palmeiras of Brazil to back to back Copa Libertadores.
Amorim’s stay at Braga only lasted 13 games, but not because it went badly. Quite the opposite. So impressive was the novice manager that Sporting Clube de Portugal, one of the big tree, plucked him from Braga to become their new manager in March of 2020. The appointment had an immediate effect. Sporting won six games in an unbeaten eight game run to begin his tenure.
The following season, having been able to shape the team to his desire, Sporting would do the impossible and win the Primeira Liga. It was a first title for the club since 2002, and just the third since 1982. Porto and Benfica had held such dominance over the league since the start of the 1980s – in the forty years since Sporting’s title in 1982 only Sporting in 2000, Boavista in 2001 and Sporting again in 2002 had managed to break the duopoly – that it was seen as unthinkable that someone else could possibly claim the title. Ruben Amorim, in his first full season as a manager, did the unthinkable.
In his 115 games as Sporting manager he has won 83 while suffering only 16 defeats. He plays an attractive 3-4-2-1 shape that encourages attacking football. Matheus Nunes and Palhinha, now flourishing in the Premier League, both owe much of their recent development to his coaching. Think Graham Potter’s brand of football but with more risks and a great cutting edge. Sporting will cause most teams problems, and indeed they began their European campaign with a 3-0 away win against last season’s Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt.
UEFA Champions League Match Day 2 | Bayern Munich vs Barcelona
Tuesday 13 September | 2000 BST | BT Sport Live Streaming
This is the marquee clash of the group stage, as two of the biggest clubs in Europe were grouped together for the second season in a row.
No matter what way you try and measure clubs, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona are two of the five biggest clubs in Europe. They are Super Clubs. Giants in the game. Between them they have 11 European Cups. They both have enormous fanbases. They have massive global appeal and their brands are instantly recognisable. There’s nowhere on the planet that people aren’t aware of these two clubs.
Last season’s matches between these sides were something of a mismatch. Barcelona were in a terrible state. Years of mismanagement had caught up with them, debt had skyrocketed, the team had aged and not been properly maintained, and they were managed by Ronald Koeman which is in itself a major issue. Bayern won both games 3-0, without ever really needing to break sweat. Barcelona were humbled, and tumbled into the Europa League. But this year should be a closer contest.
Barcelona have been much improved since Xavi returned to take up the managerial reigns, and in the summer they made high quality additions. Jules Kounde is one of the best young defenders in world football, Franck Kessie is an outstanding midfielder, Raphinha is one of the best wingers in the world and there have been very few numbers 9s in history that can claim to have been better than Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski made his name with Borussia Dortmund before going on to become a legend at Bayern. In eight seasons in Munich he plundered 344 goals in 375 games. In seven of those seasons he scored over 40 goals, managing 50 or more in two seasons. In each of his last three seasons there, he averaged better than a goal a game. German football had become too easy for seven time Bundesliga top scorer. He wanted a new challenge and Barcelona were willing to provide it. He already has nine goals in just six games for Barca so it’s fair to say he’s adapted pretty quickly.
Bayern themselves had a busy summer, adding Sadio Mane from Liverpool, Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax and their marquee signing Mathijs de Ligt from Juventus. They also added a young striker from Stade Rennais called Mathys Tel who is tipped for big things, and came with a big price tag. It’s Mane who will be relied on to supply the goals lost from Lewandowski’s departure and the Senegalese forward has already bagged five in nine outings for his new club.
Both of these clubs begin every season with ambition to win the Champions League, regardless of whether it’s realistic or not. For Bayern, it is. They have the team to win this competition for the seventh time. It’s likely a year or two too soon for Barcelona but given their summer expenditure and continued state of financial peril, they can’t really afford to write anything off.
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How to watch every UEFA Champions League match from anywhere…
UEFA Champions League matches will be streamed exclusively live in the UK by BT Sport on their website, as well as their respective apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Smart TV, Now TV, FireTV etc.
But these streaming services are not available to everyone, for example when you load BT Sport in the USA, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Dubai, Canada etc. you will get an error message.
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This is basically because their streaming services are geoblocked based on the IP address being used to access it. You must be a UK domestic web user to access BT Sport live tv streaming.
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How can I watch BT Sport UEFA Champions League 2022/23 matches live?
Whilst Amazon will shake things up next season, BT Sport remains the exclusive UK broadcaster for UEFA Champions League matches.
BT Sport announced that it will continue to be the home of UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League until 2027. Nothing will change this season but from 2024 BT Sport will show the majority, and not all, UEFA Champions League games, as well as all of the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League. The other matches will be streamed live by Amazon Prime with match highlights available free from BBC Sport. The good news though is that BT Sport will continue to broadcast the finals for free. As for the Premier League, this season BT Sport will show a total of 52 live games.
There are a few options when it comes to signing up to BT Sport, firstly by combining it with BT Broadband. Put your postcode into the website to see what deals are available.
On the TV side, prices start at £16 per month for the duration of a 24-month contract. In exchange, you’ll get all the BT Sport channels and BoxNation, alongside Freeview, AMC and a recordable TV box.
You can also just use the BT Sport app for £16 per month- it works on mobile, tablet, smart TV and console – or buy the Monthly Pass for £25 per month. If your device supports it, you’ll still be able to watch in up to 4K HDR quality. Sky customers can get BT Sport added for £21 per month.
BT also offers a combined package with Sky Sports via Now, which is £41 per month for 24 months.
Furthermore; BT Sport, Amazon Prime and BBC Sport aren’t the only geographically-censored streaming services a VPN or Proxy will allow you to access. Other UK services like Sky Sports, Now TV, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and BritBox are available. Plus with the option to switch to our USA service whenever you like, you can access Hulu, HBO GO, Netflix and Pandora. Essentially you can access international content from virtually anywhere!