UEFA Champions League Matchday 4!
The UEFA Champions League is back--and American viewers will once again get the chance to take in four matches via ESPN. Today it's Liverpool fighting for its group stage life against Turkish club Besiktas (1:30 p.m., ESPN2). The English side has managed a paltry one point from its first three matches. Then it's Real Madrid visiting Olympiakos (4 p.m. ESPN Classic). The Spaniards have been flying recently in La Liga play, with Robinho and Guti in particularly impressive form, but they stumbled against a resurgent Sevilla side on Sunday.
Unfortunately tomorrow they're showing Manchester United at home against Dynamo Kyiv (ESPN, 1:30). The Ukrainians are yet to register a point and were whipped 4-2 at home by Cristiano Ronaldo and company in the last round. This will surely be an unwatchable drubbing. Then its Rangers visiting Barcelona (ESPN Classic, 4 p.m.) The Scottish side received lavish praise for tying mighty Barca two weeks ago at home, but the kind words seemed rather condescending and misguided. Shouldn't a team at least try for all three points when playing at home? American Damarcus Beasley, enjoying an excellent campaign, should see some time for Rangers.