The best eight remain as the UEFA Champions League 2019 (UCL) heads towards its climax. With Real Madrid out of the picture, UCL will see a new winner. One out of Tottenham and Manchester City may spring a surprise and make it to the winner’s podium. Barcelona is already the favorite to go all the way. Can the resurgent Manchester United thwart them? Can Cristiano Ronaldo inspire Juventus? We take a look at the clashes.
No two rivals in the football universe are as familiar about the other’s game as these two. Be it playing styles, conditions, pitch or the fans; nothing is concealed. Both teams will be chasing their first UCL title. If the Spurs can find a way to neutralize the rhythm of City’s midfield; it may prove to be an exciting contest. The Spurs’ will be hoping for English lion Harry Kane to strike early. Man City, meanwhile, would be praying for their Argentinian star Sergio Aguero to be on that team sheet.
Tottenham Hotspurs 1-2 Manchester City
Last year, Liverpool eliminated Porto in the Round of 16 (R16). The Portuguese Dragons, Porto, have had a reasonable run this time around. But will the old nemesis prove to be their undoing again? The Reds, meanwhile, are in Red hot form. The combined might of Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane, Mohammad Salah and Roberto Firmino is quite intimidating. However, they have to contend with veteran Iker Casillas under the bar. Porto would be looking to upset the apple cart by drawing first blood in their home leg.
Liverpool 2-0 Porto
This match is the battle between the ‘comeback giants’. Both Ajax and Juventus staged a second-leg comeback in the R16 stage. Juventus is battling injury concerns to a couple of their strikers. Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach, is, however, ‘confident’, that star striker Ronaldo would be fit for the clash. Ajax’s confidence will be sky-high after having thrashed the defending champions, Real Madrid, in R16. Will they make another statement with their performance against Juventus?
Ajax 1-2 Juventus
It’s very rare that legendary club Manchester United is an underdog in a European contest. The Red Devils go into this marquee clash as the favourite to lose. But write them off at your own peril! New manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has instilled a feeling of belief in Man U after their disastrous start to the season. Will it be enough to stop Lionel Messi? Or keep Luis Suarez silent? Barcelona is the team to beat this season. They are in great form across competitions. What’s more, all their players are fit and available for this vital clash at Old Trafford. Will the Barca strike force breach Man U’s fortress, especially with, ‘The Great Wall of United’, David de Gea, under the bar?
Manchester United 1-2 Barcelona