Heavy battles await Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea … and surprises are possible


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          <p>Real Madrid teams, the most crowning clubs in the UEFA Champions League, face a difficult task like previous title holders Chelsea and Juventus, in order to reach the mini-round of the quarter-finals being held in Lisbon - and Barcelona has some work to do to reach the same role.  Real Madrid will be a guest to Manchester City, knowing that it lost the first-leg match of the round of sixteen 1/2 before the tournament was stopped due to the Corona virus last March.  Juventus will host Olympique Lyonnais in another match today, Friday, as it aims to reverse its delay in the first leg with a clean goal.  Chelsea's condition is the worst, as it has a long list of injuries before facing Bayern Munich, on Saturday, who lost 3-0 in the first leg.  Also on the same day, Barcelona will meet Napoli, knowing that the result of the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw.  Before the stoppage, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Leipzig and Atalanta teams qualified for the mini-tournament that will be held from 12 to 23 of this month in Lisbon, where the next round matches will be held with a one-match knockout system.

Manchester City – Real Madrid

Manchester City appear to have the advantage over Real Madrid, the 13-time champion, in their most recent attempt to crown the championship for the first time. Manchester City, led by coach Josep Guardiola, misses striker Sergio Agüero’s efforts, but midfielder Ilkay Guendogan said, “The rest of the players will have to be at the top of the level.” “I am sure that we will be able to deal with this matter, but of course, we will miss it.” But Josep Guardiola, the coach of Manchester City, warned of a beautiful tactical confrontation with Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, Real coach, “When you win three titles in a row in the Champions League, you snatch the league title twice from Barcelona (2017 and 2020), things are good for you.”

At the same time, Real Madrid should get support through its strong start with the resumption of the league, as it achieved ten consecutive victories and drew only in its last match after the team already secured the league title. “We have a lot of experience in these big matches, so we can feel confident,” Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane told the official website of the European Union (UEFA). Our goal is to win, in part because of this club’s DNA. “It will be a difficult match against a good team.” Real Madrid misses the efforts of Mariano Diaz, who is infected with the Corona virus. The heart of the defense and one of its stars, Sergio Ramos, will also be absent from the royal team, due to a ban for sending him back.

Bayern Munich – Chelsea

On the other hand, Chelsea enters its match against Real after losing 1/2 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final, where the team lost the efforts of Christian Pulisic and defender Cesar Azpilicueta due to a thigh injury in addition to Pedro’s dislocated shoulder. The participation of Brazilian midfielder Willian is also doubtful. And Chelsea had previously beaten Bayern Munich at home on their way to crowning the title in 2012. But he faces Bayern Munich, who will not underestimate the team that Frank Lampard is coaching, and has also won his ten matches since the resumption of the German League (Bundesliga) and the German Cup to crown the two titles, He is currently seeking to repeat his triple win in 2013.

Bayern coach Hansi Flick said: “We mastered the mandatory mission in great fashion and won the League and Cup. Now is the time to achieve something special. ” Bayern will enter the match after receiving a sufficient rest, as the team has not played since the beginning of last month, while the other leagues and cups ended after a while. On the other hand, Lyon has played only one game since mid-March, which is the final of the French Cup held last week. Lyon coach Rudi Garcia said he did not see any advantage in either way, saying: “Those who played feel tired, and those who have not played have lost their speed.”


The Lyon team hopes to defend its progress made five months ago against the nine-time successive league champion Juventus, who appeared exhausted in the final rounds of the league after the team played 12 matches in the six weeks until Sunday. After coming close to dropping Paris Saint-Germain last week in the French Club League Cup final last week, Lyon is preparing for a more important place in his European career. In the first leg, Lyon dominated Cristiano Ronaldo and his companions in Juventus (1 – zero) and settled the match with the goal of Luka Tozar. Lyon wants to save his domestic season, as he finished seventh in the shortened league due to Corona. Only crowning the first continental competition will prevent him from missing the European championships next season, in a precedent he has not experienced since 1997. But qualifying for the quarter-finals at the expense of one of the most prominent continental clubs will satisfy coach Rudi Garcia’s men. But Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri, who might push Gonzalo Higuain next to Cristiano Ronaldo in the attack, said: “It is possible to restore physical energy quickly.”

Barcelona – Naples

The Napoli team also sees a chance at the Camp Nou stadium, although skepticism is surrounding the captain’s participation, Lorenzo Insigne, according to coach Gennaro Gattuso. “We want to write another page in the club’s history,” Gattuso said. We will play on the big stage and we want to prove that we are ready for that. ” Barcelona, ​​led by Lionel Messi, did not lift the trophy during the last five years, but after losing the Spanish League title to Real Madrid, the Champions League became the last chance to crown the title this season. “In only four matches, we can become European champions,” midfielder Frenkie de Jong told the club’s official website. “A 1/1 draw in the first leg is not a bad result, but we know that we have to play better in the second leg. He is convinced that we will cross over to the next round. ”

The end of a complicated season for Messi and his companions … The Argentine has seemed lonely in the past weeks in the Spanish League, losing his lead and his title to Real Madrid. His coach, Quique Setien, is on the verge of sacking, and he must eliminate Napoli after returning with a positive result from the Italian south. His French striker, Antoine Griezmann, returned from injury, trying to regain his position in front of coach Gennaro Gattuso’s players. “We did what we should, that is, self-criticism among us, as we should,” Messi said. We haven’t had a big season in terms of play and results. We should be more regular. ”


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