It is the first round of Champions League group stage action for the 2013-14 season. This is a Group A match up between powerhouse Manchester United of the English Premier League and Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga.
Date: September 17
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Manchester, England
Stadium: Old Trafford
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go
Both Leverkusen and Manchester United find themselves in a fairly tough group. Aside from one another, they also have Real Sociedad and Shakhtar Donetsk as well. These two teams have to be the favorites to win the group, but I don’t think anyone really expects Group A to go to anyone but Manchester United.
“They are at home, they have bigger experience in the Champions League and the pressure is on them,” Leverkusen’s manager Sami Hyppia said, via ESPN FC. ”We are more relaxed but we must make sure we do not not show them too much respect. David Moyes is an experienced manager though. Everyone should give him more time to get things running. I just hope it doesn’t happen tomorrow.”
There certainly are high expectations for the EPL Champions, definitely higher than those for Leverkusen.