Sports News of Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Hello and good evening. Today and tomorrow signify big days in the UEFA Champions League as some of the heavyweights in the competition lock horns over the next two days.
Well here’s a thing. Juventus 2-0 down in the last 16 of the Champions League coming into tonight’s home leg – and not a position the Serie A runaway leaders expected to be in.
Unfortunately, they’re also coming up against a side nearly as good at defending as they are in Atletico Madrid; Diego Simeone has built a side which has made a habit of keeping clean sheets, conceding only 17 goals in 27 games back in La Liga so far this season.
The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo was meant to inspire Juve to finally win the trophy that has eluded them since 1986, but the Bianconeri must turn around a 2-0 reverse in Turin.
Late goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin saw Diego Simeone’s Atleti side win convincingly in the Spanish capital, and Massimiliano Allegri now needs a near-miracle in Italy to turn this tie around.
Diego Costa and Thomas Partey are both suspended for Atletico, while Filipe Luis and Lucas miss out due to injury.
Elsewhere, Manchester City have a 98% chance of progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals after their 3-2 win in Gelsenkirchen.
City are now up to second place in the Euro Club Index ranking, and are second favourites to win the Champions League behind Barcelona.
Manager Pep Guardiola said in his news conference that his side are “teenagers in the competition”.
You never win anything with kids, eh?
City have already clinched the Carabao Cup and remain in the fight for the Premier League and FA Cup, but the big one remains elusive.
Tonight, we find out which two teams will progress to the next stage of Europe’s most glamorous club competition.