A look into this week’s Champions League
The highly-anticipated Champions League this week will witness Manchester City and Chelsea dive right into the action-packed matches expected from them against Borussia Monchengladbach and Atletico Madrid respectively.
The English Premier League teams will have to prove their dedication, capabilities and mindset. Both could win or lose during these two long-awaited matches, and the results will be seen soon enough. So let’s take a look at the odds together and see what the likely results are of these two games:
Atlético Madrid vs. Chelsea (Tuesday, 8pm GMT kick-off)
This will be an interesting game to witness, since both of these teams have managers that are abnormally passionate and animated when it comes to the game, that no one ever really knows what to expect from them during each match.
Atlético manager Diego Simeone’s team has not been at their best in their last few games in La Liga, really breaking down what seemed like an impenetrable façade they had put up for so long and possibly giving Real Madrid and Barcelona the chance to catch up.
Chelsea’s side, however, has been focusing on defence strategies, despite the fact that Thomas Tuchel’s team looked like they were experiencing extreme polarity when it came to their attack strategies and abilities under former manager Frank Lampard.
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Manchester City (Wednesday, 8pm GMT kick-off)
Manchester City failed to win against Lyon last season in the quarter finals, an event that truly left everyone speechless and was one of the surprising elements of the Champions League campaign.
The Manchester side will most likely be facing another draw since they will be going against last year’s German Bundesliga’s fourth-best qualifier, but will the German side be able to defend themselves as well as sharpen their attacks the same way they were able to do at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid?
That will most likely be impossible since Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan are all now back in the game, and even getting the ball on their side in the first place will be their main issue. The game will most likely be quite similar to what Arsenal put up with last Sunday, with City scoring the first goal and almost ending the game completely.
Manchester’s side will definitely try to keep their energy for an extra boost for the Premier League line. Therefore, a single goal win for the Brits is overpriced at 8/1 for either 1-0 or 2-1.
Champions League Round of 16 Fixtures:
- Tuesday 23rd February:
Atlético Madrid vs. Chelsea (8pm GMT kick-off)
Lazio vs. Bayern Munich (8pm GMT kick-off)
- Wednesday 24th February:
Atalanta vs. Real Madrid (8pm GMT kick-off)
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Manchester City (8pm GMT kick-off)