March 19, 2019

UEFA Champions League: PSG hosts Man United as Juventus battles Atletico Madrid

UEFA Champions League: PSG hosts Man United as Juventus battles Atletico Madrid

The UEFA Champions League returns with a lot of blockbuster matches lined up.

This is the second leg of the round of 16 and here is the preview of the matches:

PSG VS MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United have it all to do as they head to Paris needing to stage another famous Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils went into the first leg of their last-16 tie full of confidence, but the French giants took the wind out of United’s sails with a comprehensive 2-0 win at Old Trafford.

That result leaves PSG as heavy favourites to reach the quarter-finals – especially with United missing a number of key players through injury and suspension – but if anybody can inspire a European comeback against the odds, it is United’s 1999 Treble hero Solskjaer.

DORTMUND VS TOTTENHAM

Tottenham is in Germany tonight for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund looking to protect a commanding 3-0 lead secured in London last month.

Heung-min Son, the man of the match Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente all netted for Spurs during a terrific second-half display at Wembley that simply blew away Lucien Favre’s Bundesliga leaders.

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Things have not gone smoothly at all since then for Mauricio Pochettino’s side on the domestic front, however, with successive defeats to Burnley and Chelsea ending their title hopes and dragging them into the crowded battle for a top-four finish.

They drew 1-1 in the north London derby against Arsenal on Saturday after Harry Kane’s contentious penalty cancelled out an early goal from Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey.

REAL MADRID VS AJAX

Real Madrid will be looking to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they welcome Ajax to the Bernabeu for the second leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday night.

Madrid holds a 2-1 advantage from the first leg in Amsterdam, but they will have been damaged by successive defeats to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and league respectively over the last few days.

Madrid has won their last five home matches against Dutch opposition, though, and have still lost only six of their last 40 European matches.

PORTO VS AJAX

Porto will be looking to recover from a 2-1 deficit to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they welcome Italian giants Roma to Portugal on Wednesday night.

Adrian Lopez came off the bench to score an away goal for Porto in the first leg, but a double from Nicolo Zaniolo has left Roma with a slender advantage in the last-16 tie.

Porto was actually unbeaten in their four previous matches against Roma before the first leg, although the last meeting between these two teams in Portugal brought a 1-1 draw in August 2016.

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