After a heavy week of regular club football, UCL is finally back on the cards with some mouth watering fixtures. League leaders of Spanish and English football “Barcelona and Liverpool” will go against their rivals “Manchester United and Porto” in their upcoming matches. Whereas Manchester City will face their premier league rivals Tottenham in their new stadium and Italian league leaders “Juventus” will face the Dutch giants “Ajax” in the upcoming first leg of the Quarterfinals.
Talking about teams, Barcelona are considered as favorites to win the coveted trophy this year and remain undefeated in the whole campaign yet. But the past experiences of F.C Barcelona is a lesson for them and they will avoid any kind of mistakes in the first leg of the tie and try their level best to get the away goal. whereas their rivals Manchester United are currently in wrong shape after their interim Manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer became permanent. Wolves succeeded in destroying their hopes for top four in the league as they slipped away on 6th in the league.
Manchester City who are regarded rightful contenders of the league as much as Liverpool lagging behind them with only 1 point with a game in hand and they are heading for the treble as they prepared themselves for the trip to Tottenham. This is first time in the season where two teams of respective leagues will face each other in qualifying round.
Ajax are considered as Dark horses who can clinch the trophy with their young squad and surprise everyone with their performance just like they did in Madrid. But the biggest obstacle they having is the man of UCL “Cristiano Ronaldo” who lead his team to victory after having a 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in first leg of round of 16. So this could be a defining moment for Ajax if they passed the test of Juventus.
PREDICTED LINEUPS FIRST 11
BARCELONA: M. Stegen, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Roberto,Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho,Arthur, Suarez and Messi
MANCHESTER UNITED: Degea, Smalling, Jones, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Ander Herrera, Jesse lingard, Romelo lukaku, Anthony Martial
MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson, Stones, Laporte, Fernandinho, Silva, Bernardo SIlva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero
TOTTENHAM: Hugo lloris, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireled, Jan Vetronghan, Davinson Sanchez, Hueng Min Son, Harry kane, Erik Lamela, Harry Winks
LIVERPOOL: Allison, Van DIjk, Dejan Loveren, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, firmino, Mane
JUVENTUS: W.Szczesny, E Can , Bonucci, Chellini, Cancelo, Mathuidi, Pjanic, Sandro, Bernardeschi, Mandzukic ,Ronaldo
AJAX: Onana, Tagafilico, De-Ligt, Blind, Mazroui, schone, F.de jong, Ziyech, van de beek, Neres, Tadic
PORTO: Casillas, Telles, Pepe, Militao, Felipe, Otavio, H.herrera, Perrera, Corona, Marega, Tequinho
BARCELONA VS MANCHESTER UNITED: 1-1
MANCHESTER CITY VS TOTTENHAM: 2-1
AJAX VS JUVENTUS: 1-2
LIVERPOOL VS PORTO: 3-0