Check out our Champions League match previews for this week.
Champions League Match Previews
Champions League Match Previews 23rd February
The final four ties in the last 16 of the Champions League start this week. Let’s check out the fixtures in our Champions League preview..
Atletico Madrid will start as slight favourites against Chelsea on Tuesday. However, they have ceded home advantage, as Coronavirus restrictions mean the game is taking place in Romania.
The La Liga leaders suffered a rare setback at the weekend, as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Levante. But they still hold a three point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand. Atletico have been consistently strong in the Champions League for a number of years without ever claiming the title.
Given the form of the other contenders, this year may represent Atletico’s best ever chance to land the biggest prize in European club football, but first they have to get past a resurgent Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are unbeaten under the German. Saturday’s draw at Southampton was probably their weakest display since Tuchel took over, but overall their form has been excellent and they will go into the game feeling confident of getting both a result and an away goal or two.
On the same night, last season’s winners Bayern Munich face Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico. Lazio moved up to fourth in Serie A with victory over Sampdoria at the weekend. Simone Inzaghi’s side are playing attractive football at present and won’t go into the game lacking in belief. That belief will have been enhanced by Bayern’s recent form.
Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt came on the back of a draw with lowly Arminia Bielefeld. Both games saw Bayern struggle defensively and both Frankfurt goals came courtesy of slack marking by the champions. However, they are unbeaten in their last 17 Champions League games and it’s not hard to see them swiftly returning to top form.
On Wednesday, Premier League champions-elect Manchester City face a trip to Hungary to face Borussia Monchengladbach. City are on an incredible 18 game winning run, largely thanks to their rock solid defence. It’s been twenty matches since City conceded more than once in a game. When you add in the attacking talents of Bernardo SIlva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne and co, it’s easy to see why City are in such magnificent form.
In contrast, Monchengladbach suffered a 1-2 defeat at home to Mainz on Saturday, putting a big dent in their hopes of a top four finish in the Bundesliga. It’s going to take a gargantuan effort from the Germans to prevent City taking a lead back to the Etihad.
Finally, Atalanta host Real Madrid in an intriguing looking tie. Madrid have won four La Liga games in a row to catapult themselves back into the title race. Atalanta moved back into the Serie A top four thanks to an impressive 4-2 win over Napoli. Goals look lately in this one as Atalanta’s last five home games have produced 25 goals.