Coming off of a 6-0 loss at home in their first group match to Dortmund, Legia Warsaw have nowhere to go but up. While that result was never in doubt, Sporting led Real Madrid until the 89th minute in their Champions League opener when Cristiano Ronaldo and then Alvaro Morata scored to hand the Portuguese side a heartbreaking defeat. That makes this match a must-win for each side - with Dortmund and Real in the group, one of these sides needs to win twice against the other and hope for points against one of the giants. Warsaw have replaced their manager since the Dormund match, but drew 0-0 over the weekend and sit in 14th. Sporting meanwhile, won 4-2 over the weekend, are second in Portugal, and will expect to walk away from Tuesday's match with three points. Bas Dost scored twice over the weekend in a man of the match performance, bringing his tally to four in three games. He'll see this match as an opportunity to bolster his stats even further.
Sporting snatched away manager Jorge Jesus, regarded as the best in Portugal, from crosstown rivals Benfica, last year, but one season wasn’t enough for him to end their 14 season title drought. In the Champions League, they didn’t make it past the play-off round, so the group stage this year is an improvement, despite being drawn into a group with giants Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Algerian striker Islam Slimani left for Leicester after scoring 27 goals last season, so it may be Joel Campbell - on loan from Arsenal - who could step up. He’ll be backed by a strong Portuguese midfield including William Carvalho and Adrien Silva.
Legia Warsaw are back in the Champions League for the first time since 1995-96 when they reached the quarterfinals. Formed as the official club of the Polish Army, they’ll be sporting army green away kits when they visit the Bernabeu. Last season, the eventual Polish champions were led by Hungarian striker Nemanja Nikolić, who scored 28 league goals last campaign. While it’s unlikely they’ll get out of the group, Legia’s average attendance is more than double the Polish league average, so expect noisy welcomes for European giants Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
The Euro 2016 winner was linked to top EPL clubs over the summer, but stayed put and will be crucial in breaking up attacks in midfield.
The accurate passer is Sporting's captain and has been with the club since 2007.