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Champions League returns with scorching duels
- Updated: 18th February 2020
The waiting period for the return of the European competitions has been rough, but they are coming back finally with 4 of the encounters of the 8th finals being played already between Tuesday and Wednesday.
European champions facing Simeone’s warriors
On Tuesday, we will have two fabulous encounters and the European champions Liverpool will travel to the Wanda Metropolitano to face Atlético de Madrid, on a match that will serve as a test to the current sublime moment of form that Jurgen Klopp’s side is going through.
With 22 more points conquered than Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, with only 13 matches left to be played, the English title is in the bag and they can focus on defending the Champions League title they’ve won last season.
Despite being the title holders and being dominating Pep Guardiola’s Citizens in the Premier League, the truth is that the markets consider Manchester City being the main favourites to win the European competition, with odds of 4.80 on Bet365.
Atlético de Madrid is going through a poor moment of form this season, because they have been heavily affected by injuries, especially on their offensive sector, and they are preparing themselves to attack this duel far from their maximum strength.
Diego Simeone hasn’t been counting with their reference striker Diego Costa for a large period of time and although he might be ready to face Liverpool, he still shouldn’t be at his competitive peak.
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 11, 2020
Álvaro Morata and João Félix have been dealing with several physical problems that have meant their utilization was somewhat intermittent throughout the season.
Both can be ready to play on this encounter but, similarly to their teammate Diego Costa, they might not be at the peak of their competitive and physical ability.
That will be a serious problem against a merciless Liverpool in terms of intensity and physically speaking, and we will see the Reds trying to take a step towards the next round on this duel.
Total football between PSG and Dortmund is highly anticipated by football fans
On the other encounter being played on Tuesday, we have a sensational duel between two vertiginous attacks that haven’t been letting their opponents off the hook recently.
The Germans of Borussia Dortmund are fighting for the title in the Bundesliga – being 4 points behind the leaders Bayern – and despite having recently lost 2 matches, the truth is they continued to score a lot of goals on those slip-ups by 3-2 and 4-3.
On the other hand, Lucien Favre won’t be satisfied with the defensive performance of his team that conceded 11 goals on the same period.
That apprehension regarding the defensive display of the Germans was probably increased due to the fact they are facing a demolishing PSG offensively speaking this Tuesday.
Sorriso em ação 😁🏋🏽♂️🔛
— Neymar Jr. Site (@NeymarJrSite) February 7, 2020
The French side continues to stroll around in France, still being on the fight for the 3 domestic competitions they’re playing on in comfortable positions and with their manager Thomas Tuchel visibly managing his resources well.
The German manager that stood out at Borussia Dortmund has been resting Neymar on the last couple of matches and he should return to the team for this great encounter, with even Edinson Cavani seemingly more focused now after the rumours of a potential departure on the January transfer window didn’t come to fruition.
If we add the likes of Mauro Icardi, Angel Di María and Kylian Mbappé to this equation, we have an attacking quintet that is truly scary and that only isn’t even scarier because it is not viable for us to see all of these players playing simultaneously due to tactical limitations.
The German side will still have a competitive advantage taking into consideration that the Bundesliga is much more intense and demanding than the Ligue 1.
However, Dortmund’s defence needs to improve a lot if they want to stop the Parisian train led by a manager they know very well, Thomas Tuchel.