PSV enter this match with only two wins in their last seven matches - not an ideal state to be in ahead of a visit to Bayern Munich. They have only a solitary point in the Champions League, nabbing a draw with FC Rostov. This squad is capable of competing with Europe's best - they nearly got a result against Atleti - but have yet to find their rhythm. 21-year old Uruguayan winger Gastón Pereiro has been a bright spot early, scoring three goals so far in the Eredivisie. In Germany, Bayern sit top of a table that reads: Bayern Munich, FC Koln, RB Leipzig, Hertha Berlin, Dortmund. Strange times. Over the weekend, the league leaders only managed a draw against 10-man Eintract Frankfurt. Manager Carlo Ancelotti had some choice words for his squad afterwards saying, "I'm not angry when my team doesn't play well. There's only one thing that makes me angry, that's when the attitude of my players is wrong. I have to make changes because I don't want my team to have this kind of attitude." Unlucky for PSV then, as they'll be lining up against a Bayern side with something to prove.
Bayern last won the Champions League in 2013 and have since watched the trophy stay in Spain for three straight years, despite Pep leading them to four straight Bundesliga titles and the German national team atop international football. New manager Carlo Ancelotti’s charge is clear - get the Champions League trophy back to Munich. They’re bolstered by the additions of former Dortmund captain Mats Hummels and the Euros’ breakout young star, Renato Sanches. After losing in the semi-finals last year on away goals to Atletico Madrid, the German giants will be motivated to get back on top.
As the current Eredivisie champions, PSV qualified directly into the group stage. Their Champions League campaign last year included wins over each of their group opponents - Manchester United, Wolfsburg, and CSKA Moscow - before losing to Atletico Madrid on penalties after holding them scoreless for 210 minutes. Again, they’ll boast an impressive spine in Mexican internationals Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno, and Dutchmen at either end with Jeroen Zoet in goal and Luuk de Jong up top. With Bayern and Atletico Madrid in their group, they’ll need heroics to get out of their group for the second year running.
Equal parts bruiser and magician, Vidal won Serie A in each of his four seasons at Juventus.
Scored 42 goals in all competitions last season and began the new Bundesliga season with a hat trick.