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Away test for English clubs

sports Updated: Oct 02, 2012 02:36 IST
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Chelsea and Manchester United face away day tests in the Champions League on Tuesday, seeking victories which will nudge both closer to the last 16. Despite their status as defending champions, Chelsea cannot be complacent having already dropped two home points to Juventus, though they should make good the shortfall with success at Danish Group E minnows Nordsjaelland.

Juve fans, meanwhile, will expect to see their side sit atop the group come Tuesday night after tackling Shakhtar Donetsk in Turin. Buoyed by their win on Saturday at Arsenal, which cemented a three-point lead in the English Premier League, Chelsea are clearly on song despite the fallout from the John Terry 'racism' case.

In contrast, while Chelsea rule at home but have ground to make up in Europe after Donetsk pocketed an expected win over Nordsjaelland in their opener, the boot is on the other foot for Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side may have done the minimum expected of them in dispatching Turkish giants Galatasaray in their Group H opener at Old Trafford.