Reds seek Madrid miracle and pressure on City – Champions League talking points

- Advertisement -

Manchester City and Liverpool are back in Champions League action this week for the second legs of their round-of-16 ties.

City take on Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium and Liverpool travel to Real Madrid. Porto v AC Milan and Napoli v Eintracht Frankfurt complete this week’s fixtures.

Here, the PA news agency looks at five of the main talking points.

Reds must scale mountain

Liverpool face a Herculean task in their bid to overturn a 5-2 first-leg deficit after falling to their record European home defeat three weeks ago. They have pulled off some stunning Champions League comebacks, hitting back from three-goal deficits in the 2005 final against AC Milan in Istanbul and in the 2019 semi-finals against Barcelona, but if Jurgen Klopp’s side could turn their last-16 tie around at the Bernabeu, it would arguably top the lot.

Will Real hoodoo be broken?

Liverpool lost out to Real Madrid in last season's Champions League final
Liverpool lost out to Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League final (Adam Drury/PA)

Pressure all on City

Manchester City are big favourites to reach the quarter-finals for a seventh time in the last eight seasons after returning from Leipzig with a 1-1 draw. A Champions League triumph with City remains Pep Guardiola’s driving force, but his side must stay focused on the here and now against dangerous opponents. Leipzig beat City at home in the group stages last season and the pressure is all on the English champions to progress.

A night made for Haaland?

Crystal Palace v Manchester City – Premier League – Selhurst Park
Erling Haaland has had a prolific first season at Manchester City (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Napoli juggernaut rumbles on

Luciano Spalletti's Napoli are 18 points clear at the top of Serie A
Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli are 18 points clear at the top of Serie A (Nick Potts/PA)

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest Stories

- Advertisement -

UK News

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Read the latest free supplements

Read the Town Crier, Le Rocher and a whole host of other subjects like mortgage advice, business, cycling, travel and property.