Soccer A tie-by-tie evaluation
Two months after December’s draw, the Champions League returns and the second group of groups are set to kick off their final 16 ties this week.
Lyon, Barcelona, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Schalke, Manchester Metropolis, Atletico Madrid and Juventus will compete for 4 tickets into the quarter-finals of the match.
This is how the groups have modified for the reason that draw was made.
Since December’s draw, the Blaugrana have been defeated in two Copa del Rey video games towards Levante and Sevilla and have drawn three consecutive video games in February towards Valencia, Actual Madrid and Athletic Membership.
Ernesto Valverde has renewed his contract for one more season, however the group will go to the sport towards Lyon after an unconvincing 1-Zero victory towards Actual Valladolid.
In the meantime, the French aspect are nonetheless in pursuit of Lille for the second spot in Ligue 1 and, though they went undefeated for seven straight video games, they had been defeated 1-Zero by Good one week in the past.
A victory towards Guingamp boosted their morale forward of the Barcelona sport, one which their star Nabil Fekir is about to overlook.
The primary stretch of 2019 hasn’t been excellent for Liverpool, who began the calendar yr with defeats towards title rivals Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League and Wolverhampton Wanderers within the FA Cup, in addition to two league attracts towards Leicester Metropolis and West Ham.
Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the sport towards the Germans, whereas Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and Roberto Firmino are doubts for Tuesday’s sport.
Then again, Bayern Munich‘s absentees record consists of Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Corentin Tolisso for a sport that Jurgen Klopp will host his former Bundesliga rivals.
Pep Guardiola‘s group are a transparent favorite within the tie towards the German and Metropolis head to the sport having been defeated in simply certainly one of their final 13 video games in all competitions.
Then again, Domenico Tedesco‘s aspect are at present within the 14th place in Bundesliga, 12 factors away from European qualification.
“In soccer, favourites do not at all times win,” identified Tedesco, however eliminating Manchester Metropolis could be a significant shock within the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano to face his former rivals Atletico Madrid, this time as a Juventus participant.
Regardless of having been knocked out by Atalanta within the Coppa Italia, the Previous Woman have recovered their kind and at present lead Serie A by 13 factors forward of second place Napoli.
In the meantime, following two defeats towards Actual Betis and Actual Madrid, Atleti managed to get a slim 1-Zero win towards Rayo Vallecano in Vallecas.
Alvaro Morata joined the group within the January switch window and Diego Simeone‘s males are able to problem Juventus, aiming to succeed in the Champions League last, set to happen at their very own stadium in June.