Starting Tuesday, starts at last, the knock-out stages of the Champions League. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain open the heenwedstrijden of the eighth-finals with a cracker. Wednesday draws defending champion Real Madrid to Ajax.
PSG hopes for many years of success in the Champions League, but seemed to have never been further than the quarter-finals. The French nation are watching now Manchester United in the eyes, but coach Thomas Tuchel will have to do a puzzle. star players Neymar and Edinson Cavani are in the barn, and also Red Devil Thomas Meunier is out with a concussion. United has over Ole Solskjær his second wind found, and plays with confidence. Romelu Lukaku and co won the match with the Norwegian, as well as all the matches and also want to be in Europe this series to continue.
Still Tuesday will receive AS Roma in the olympic Stadium of Porto. The Portuguese champion put 16 points on 18 a handsome group stage down, and wants the reputation of European top teams honour. Roma tasted again last year in the semi-finals of the Kampioenenbal and want that performance, this edition of the match.
Triple defending champion Real Madrid makes Wednesday’s trip to Ajax. Thibaut Courtois and co are in the last few weeks on the rise, as an illustration this past weekend the derbyzege on the field of Atlético (1-3). Nevertheless, the People had better be on their guard for Ajax. The people of Amsterdam made in the autumn impression and want Real-fire feat.
Tottenham Hotspur is all seasons a fixed value in the top of the Premier League, but now wants to also look at the Champions League high tops wrote. The team of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, with Borussia Dortmund not a bite-sized chunk for the select. The Germans, with the group winners crowned for Atlético Madrid and Club Brugge are on a strong season busy and tops, currently the Bundesliga. Axel Witsel and team mates so far take into account an early European exit.
VAR is introduced
Novelty in the eighth finals, and not the least: the videoscheidsrechter (VAR) is introduced. Would normally the VAR only from next season, appeared on the kampioenenbal, but UEFA decided already started.
The terugwedstrijden are 5 and march 6 on the schedule. Next week follow the heenwedstrijden of the second part of the eighth-finals: Lyon – Barcelona, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid – Juventus and Schalke – Manchester City.
The program of the eighth finals of the Champions League:
. Tuesday (6 march):
AS Roma (Ita) – Porto (Por)
Manchester United (Eng) – Paris Saint-Germain (Fra)
. Wednesday (5 march):
Tottenham (Eng) – Borussia Dortmund (Ger)
Ajax (Ned) – Real Madrid (Spa)
. Tuesday 19 February (13 march):
Lyon (Fra) – Barcelona (Spa)
Liverpool (Eng) – Bayern Munich (Ger)
. Wednesday 20 February (12 march):
Atlético Madrid (Spa) – Juventus (Ita)
Schalke 04 (Ger) – Manchester City (Eng)