Risk of stumbling for ManCity in Basel
For the first round of the Champions League, Manchester City will have to go to FC Basel. Juventus Turin welcomes Tottenham Hotspur.
The knockout round of the Champions League kicks off on Tuesday. Manchester City will be a guest of FC Basel (from 8.45 pm at the LIVETICKER) on the first round of the Round of 16.
The English leader of the standings will be the clear favourite against the Swiss, but Citys Ilkay Gündogan warns against the alleged underdog:”This will be a hard piece of work for us, even if we are easy to favour,”the German national player told the gaze.
Especially the two victories of the Swiss champions in the group stage against Benfica Lisbon (5:0 and 2:0) impressed Gündogan:”This is not without, to be honest” (SERVICE: Results and schedule of the Champions League)
Basel’s dream of a second win against a Manchester club in the group stage after their 1-0 home win over Manchester United in the group stage seems to the former Dortmund player to be a fitting one:”That’s a perfectly healthy sense of self-confidence when you’re in the quarter-finals of the Champions League”.
However, it is doubtful that Basel’s dream will come true. Too confident and strong Manchester have been playing for weeks and months, the 5-1 win over ex-Champion Leicester City at the weekend with four-time goalscorer Sergio Agüero was once again a masterpiece.
Last season, team manager Pep Guardiola’s star ensemble retired from the round of sixteen against AS Monaco, which is not to be repeated this year.
National player Leroy Sane could celebrate a surprising lightning comeback. The offensive man returned to the Manchester City squad just two weeks after his ankle injury.
In Turin there will be a fierce duel between Juventus and the Tottenham Hotspurs (from 8.45 pm in the LIVETICKER).
The hosts’ defence is assured, but the respect for Tottenham’s top striker Harry Kane is huge,”he’s the most complete striker for me at the moment,”said Juves midfielder Sami Khedira in a BBC interview before the first round of the last sixteen.
In the eyes of the former Stuttgart player,”Kane” is strong in the head, fast, has a strong shot, can hit with only one ball contact and also dribble. He’s an impressive player. Tottenham is lucky they have him.”
Of course, it won’t be an automatic runner in Turin for Kanes Hotspurs. The Italian record holder only allowed one goal in his last 16 matches, which he had to concede. Juve also relies on home power, and the club has been unbeaten internationally since April 2013.
Therefore, Khedira expects a duel at eye level. The Spurs “defend well, have a very good midfield, a world-class offensive and a very good coach,”warned the 30-year-old.
So you can follow the quaver-finals matches in the Champions League on Tuesday LIVE:
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