Champions League: Real Madrid, Man United look to advance
Talking factors forward of the penultimate spherical of group-stage video games within the Champions League:
A victory for Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid at Shakhtar Donetsk will stop qualification for the knockout stage taking place to the ultimate recreation. Zidane is beneath rising stress to get his workforce enjoying just like the one which gained the Spanish league final season, when it dominated after competitors resumed following an extended stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The document 13-time European champions have just one win in its final 4 matches throughout all competitions — a 2-0 victory at Inter Milan within the Champions League final week. Madrid misplaced 2-1 to Alavés within the Spanish league on Saturday.
Eden Hazard has been left off the squad after he was substituted within the first half in opposition to Alavés for an obvious leg harm. Shakhtar had an upset 3-2 win over Madrid in Spain of their first Group B encounter. Also on Tuesday, Atlético Madrid host defending champions Bayern Munich, with the German lineup already within the last-16 as winners of Group A. Bayern routed Atlético 4-0 in Germany. Diego Simeone’s workforce will advance if it beats Bayern and Lokomotiv doesn’t beat Salzburg.
Chelsea and Manchester City are already by way of to the knockout part with two video games to spare. Now it is the flip of Manchester United and Liverpool off the again of a difficult weekend within the Premier League. Liverpool on Tuesday hosts Ajax, with a two-point benefit on the Dutch membership in Group D, with a packed program, fixture scheduling and James Milner including to the harm complications. The 2019 European champions had been shocked at residence final week with a house loss to Atalanta. The go to of Ajax comes a day too quickly for the return of up to 2,000 followers being allowed at Anfield. Old Trafford will nonetheless be shut to supporters regardless of United internet hosting Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday when the nationwide lockdown ends, with Manchester remaining within the highest classification of coronavirus restrictions. United got here from two objectives down to beat Southampton on Sunday. It has a three-point lead in Group H over PSG, final season’s finalist which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect beat in Paris.
Marseille’s Champions League type has been so dangerous it has set a document with 13 straight defeats within the competitors, and has not even scored in 4 group video games thus far this event. Yet the European marketing campaign can nonetheless be salvaged if Marseille beats Olympiakos at Stade Velodrome on Tuesday to transfer stage with the Greek membership as they chase a Europa League spot. Coach Andre Villas-Boas can really feel cautiously optimistic on condition that Marseille’s ahead line lastly clicked, with France internationals Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet scoring on Saturday. Thauvin has simply been the membership’s most constant participant this season and final. What Villas-Boas actually wants is for the gifted Payet to rediscover the magical contact that noticed him shine on the European Championship 4 years in the past.
Juventus might be hoping for a superb efficiency to shake off latest criticism. Coach Andrea Pirlo rested Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday however, even with out its star participant, Juventus ought to have overwhelmed newly promoted Benevento within the Italian league. The nine-time defending Serie A champion was held to a 1-1 draw. Juventus has already certified for the knockout stage together with Barcelona from Group G and hosts Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday. Lazio and Atalanta are additionally trying to the Champions League for pleasure after disappointing defeats in Serie A. Lazio can e-book its place within the spherical of 16 with a win at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Atalanta follows up its Anfield success by internet hosting Midtjylland, which is final in Group D. Inter Milan gained on the weekend although something however a win at Borussia Mönchengladbach in Group B on Tuesday will consign it to an early Champions League exit.
Bayern is a workforce sorely in want of a relaxation. The European champion’s key males have been enjoying virtually continuous for membership and nation for months, and it’s beginning to present. Saturday’s recreation in opposition to Stuttgart introduced a 3-1 win but additionally 4 new accidents of various severity for Jerome Boateng, Corentin Tolisso, Lucas Hernández and Javi Martínez. Coach Hansi Flick might rotate the squad for the Atletico recreation Tuesday, however that will imply risking Bayern’s 100% document in Group A. Bringing in new faces didn’t work too effectively in opposition to Salzburg final week, when midfielder Marc Roca was red-carded in his first European recreation for Bayern. Borussia Mönchengladbach can attain the knockout phases for the primary time and eradicate Inter Milan when it hosts the Italian workforce Tuesday. That’s greater than many Gladbach followers ever dared to hope for. Leipzig is in a good wrestle with Paris Saint-Germain to qualify from Group H and will acquire the benefit Wednesday with a win over Istanbul Basaksehir. All that Borussia Dortmund wants is some extent to qualify however Dortmund might be eager to beat Lazio to safe first place, acquire revenge for an earlier defeat to the Italians, and likewise bounce again from a shock 2-1 loss to Cologne within the Bundesliga.