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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Pulisic, Dest, and more

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Chelsea’s hopes of repeating as UEFA Champions League winners remain alive, but the English club will need to spark a major turnaround on Tuesday against Real Madrid.

Christian Pulisic and his Chelsea teammates make the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu this week, knowing a victory is needed to remain in the UCL this season. Pulisic played 45 minutes on Saturday as Chelsea rolled past Southampton 6-0 at St. Mary’s Stadium and the American will be pushing to start in Madrid with Chelsea’s European hopes on the line. Pulisic scored last season against Los Blancos, helping Chelsea eventually eliminate Real Madrid and reach the Champions League Final. The 23-year-old has scored four goals across all competitions in 2022 and will be eager to add to that total in a major way on Tuesday night.

In Europa League play, Sergino Dest should be back for Barcelona in a second leg tie against Eintracht Frankfurt. Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig face Atalanta while James Sands and Rangers take on Sporting Braga in Glasgow.

Elsewhere, Christian Cappis and Emmanuel Sabbi both will push for starts in Danish Superliagen play. Joel Sonora and Velez Sarsfield need a win against Red Bull Bragantino in Copa Libertadores action to rebound from a Matchday 1 defeat.

Here is a closer look at this week’s Americans Abroad:


International


Champions League

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Zack Steffen and Manchester City visit Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Europa League

Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig visit Atalanta on Thursday.

James Sands and Rangers host Braga on Thursday.

Sergiño Dest and Barcelona host Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

Conference League

Sebastian Saucedo and Pumas visit Cruz Azul on Tuesday.


Denmark


Superliagen

Christian Cappis and Brondby host Aalborg on Thursday.

Emmanuel Sabbi and Odense host Vejle Boldklub on Thursday.


South America


Copa Libertadores

Joel Sonora and Velez Sarsfield host Red Bull Bragantino on Thursday.

Copa Sudamericana

Johnny Cardoso and Internacional host Guairena on Thursday.

Alan Sonora and Independiente host General Caballero on Tuesday.


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