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UEFA Champions League: 16 players to watch this week

Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League begins on Tuesday with a tremendous slate of matches, including Borussia Dortmund hosting the holders Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park.

This will be the final round of matches before the international break, so these results could determine the complexion of the groups. With high stakes comes great responsibility for a handful of stars who will be focal points for their respective teams.

With that in mind, here are 16 players – one from each matchup – to watch on Matchday 2 in the Champions League.

Besiktas vs. RB Leizpig

Player to watch: Atiba Hutchinson

The Canadian international was sent off against Fenerbahce in the Istanbul derby on the weekend, which Besiktas lost 2-1. Hutchinson was one of five players to receive a red card in that match.

Besiktas has to shake off that defeat to its rival and prepare for a crucial match against RB Leipzig. Group G is one of the most-balanced groups in the competition, so the Turkish champions have to build on their opening victory over Porto on Matchday 1 in order to progress to the Round of 16.

Hutchinson will be integral on Tuesday, as he was on Sept. 13 in the 3-1 win against Porto. The 34-year-old was constantly shutting down the opposing forwards and springing his side’s attacks throughout the 90 minutes. He produced one of the top defensive performances on that day.