This week it will be known who accompanies Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
In the most attractive match, Manchester United will host Atlético de Madrid on Tuesday, with whom they drew 1-1 away. On the same day, Benfica will visit Ajax with whom they drew 2-2 at home.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, Juventus will try to assert their home status against a Villarreal with whom they drew 1-1 in the first leg and Lille will receive a Chelsea hit by the uncertainty surrounding its future derived from the sanctions on its owner Roman Abramovich for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The English, last champions of the tournament, won the first match 2-0.
MANCHESTER UNITED vs. ATHLETIC MADRID (1-1)
Winning the Champions League could be the only way for Manchester United to return to the tournament next year. The club collected just four points from its last three Premier League games and was relegated to fifth place, with only the top four qualifying. Atlético de Madrid arrives at the match invigorated by three straight wins in the Spanish league after drawing 1-1 with Man United in the first leg in Madrid. READ HERE: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and is the top scorer in history
The English have a fit Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored three goals in a 3-2 win over Tottenham at the weekend and scored six in six Champions League games. In Atlético, the presence of Luis Suárez, who has not started as a starter for a few weeks, is not certain.
AJAX vs. BENFICA (2-2)
Ajax was one of only three teams (Bayern Munich and Liverpool being the others) to come out of the group stage with six wins from six games. But they failed to hold on to an advantage twice in the first leg, which ended 2-2 in Lisbon. Ajax’s winning card is Sébastien Haller, the first player to score in his first seven Champions League games and the fastest to reach 11 goals in the European tournament. At Benfica they place a lot of hope in the return of
Roman Yaremchuk, Nicolás Otamendi and Gilberto after recovering from injuries.
JUVENTUS vs. VILLARREAL (1-1)
Juventus, the only Italian team still alive in the Champions League, hopes to avoid being eliminated for the third time in a row in the round of 16. Against Villarreal he will recover his captain Giorgio Chiellini, his partner in defense Leonardo Bonucci and Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, who are coming from injuries. The team has been an infirmary this season and Federico Chiesa and Weston McKennie are still absent. If there is a definition by penalties, Juve has Wojciech Szczesny in his goal, who saved the last three shots from the twelve steps they made in the Italian league. Villarreal also has significant absences due to injury, including those of Raúl Albiol, Étienne Capoue, Gerard Moreno and Juan Foyth.
LILLE vs. CHELSEA (0-2)
The Chelsea that will visit Lille is a very different team from the one that won 2-0 in the first leg. The English club faces an uncertain future due to the sanctions imposed on its owner Abramovich for the invasion of Ukraine. The Russian tycoon is forced to sell the club with which he won the Champions League in May last year. Now Chelsea have to defend their title not only for a matter of sporting pride but also to win a prize of 10 million dollars in view of the fact that they will no longer be able to count on Abramovich’s money. His qualification for the next edition of the lucrative tournament is on the right track, as he is third in the Premier League. Lille are the last champions of France and are starting to play like they did last year, after a slow period. The French will miss midfielder Renato Sanches, a key figure in the team, who was injured on Friday.
*All games will be at 3pm.