It’s Champions League time again. After the winter break, the most famous and fascinating football tournament returns tonight.
Two matches scheduled today, Bayern Leverkusen – PSG and Manchester City – Barcelona.
Bayern Leverkusen – PSG
The Leverkusen team is actually at the second place in the Bundesliga, they finished 2nd in the A group behind the Manchester United.
Reinartz, Krutze and Derdiiyok are injured and won’t be able to join the game, coach Hyypia seems headed to set an offesive 4-3-3 with Castro and Guardado behind Kiessling. Despite this offensive lineup the Bayern’s coach is well aware that the key to advance to the next round are almost exclusively in defense, where they can’t grant anything to Psg’s talented offense.
The french team is leading the League1 and is on the way to win another national title after last year’s success. They won the group C with 13 points. Edison Cavani is still injured so will be Lavezzi and Menez the support for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is the leader of a team that aims to reach the same level of the european top teams, and has in the Champions League the main target of the season.
Manchester City – Barcelona
This is for sure the big game of the night, City and Barcelona will face at Eithad Stadium for the first match of the series.
The blues of Manchester has to renounce to their most important player Sergio Aguero who’s listed injured for a muscle problem, but they can count on Tourè and his will of revenge against his former team. The Manchester City is fighting for the lead in the english Premier League, they scored 68 goals in 25 games which gives an amazing average of 2,72 goal per game. Without Aguero will be Dzeko the leader of the Manchester’s offense.
The Barcelona is looking for their 7th straight quarterfinals, Lionel Messi is fully recovered from his injury and Iniesta seems to be in the best shape. Even the young star Neymar is able to play but he will be likely benched tonight, he could join the game in progress. The troubles for the azul-grana could come from their defense which has not been perfect, but even if their era seems to be on a sort of sunset boulevard, Barcelona is still one of the most serious contender, different from the team that has won everything but always dangerous.
Welcome back Champions League