The Villarreal visits Turin on Wednesday with the aim of achieving a historic qualification for the quarterfinals of the Champions League (1-1 in the first leg), while the chelsea
Everything to decide in Turin
The elimination this season of the highest value of goals in the opposite field makes Villarreal “only” need the victory in Turin to take the classification to eighths and continue opting to match the historic semifinal of 2006.
The 1-1 of three weeks ago at the Estadio de la Cerámica means that everything is to be decided in the second leg, with a slight advantage, to play at home and because of history, for Juventus.
After a difficult start to the season, both teams come to this game in their best form: the Spanish team adds five victories in the last seven games of the championship and remains in the fight to qualify again for the Champions League next year (7th, six points behind Atlético).
The Italians also have 22-year-old Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic, fsent to Fiorentina in January for 70 million euross, but he barely needed 33 seconds at Villarreal to score his first goal in the Champions League, but they will also have to be more solid defensively if they don’t want to suffer against the Spanish team.
Lille for the comeback
In the other tie, everything seems decided after the result of the first leg, 2-0 in favor of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, so Lille has no choice but the epic to believe in the comeback against the current European champion.
“YesIt will be difficult because it is Chelsea, but we have already seen others (comebacks) in soccer. You can’t stop us from dreaming of a surprise,” French champion Jocelyn Gourvennec’s coach said last Friday.
The ‘doges’, In addition, they will have the pressure of being the last French club in the competition after Real Madrid eliminated Paris SG.
As if the task were not difficult, Lille will face the match without their Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches, one of the best in the team, who was injured last Friday against Saint Etienne (0-0).
Of course Chelsea’s situation is anything but calm since the British government decided last week, as a response to the Russian invasion in Ukraine, to sanction several Russian oligarchss, including the president of the London club, Roman Abramovich, close to the power of Moscow.
Among the restrictions imposed, the limitation of expenses for travel to 24,000 euros, an insignificant amount when talking about the Champions League. Of course, coach Thomas Tuchel joked that he was willing to “drive a minibus” if necessary to take his players to the northern French city.
Wednesday’s Champions League round of 16 second leg schedule:
- Lille (FRA) – Chelsea (ENG) (0-2 at home)
- Juventus (ITA) – Villarreal (ESP) (1-1 in the first leg)
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