This week’s European Champions League concludes the first leg of the competition’s round of 16. This Tuesday, defending champion Chelsea entered the field to face Lille after winning the world title. At the same time, Villareal e Juventus against each other in Spain.
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Last season’s winner, the Chelsea advance as runner-up in their group – the Juventus is a leader – but a draw doesn’t put Thomas Tuchel’s team in a tough spot. Worst of all in the French Championship – only in 11th place –, Lille, the 2020/21 national champions, only sealed a place in the knockout stages by beating Wolfsburg away from home in the last round, in a group that still has RB Salzburg and Sevilla.
Tuchel showed confidence in his team for the knockout game. Keep in mind that next Sunday the team, world champions for 10 days, decides the English League Cup against Liverpool.
– We don’t have to think too much about how others see us as favorites against Lille. We have to accept at this time that the phase is more difficult, and it will happen this Tuesday. It’s important to be realistic and not expect too much from us. We are sure that we will have a good performance because we did very well in the knockout stages, in the national cup or in the Champions League – he analyzed.
On the French side, who are in the Champions League playoffs for the second time in their history, the hope of a goal is Canadian striker Jonathan David, this season’s top scorer with 16 goals. He will be on a mission to break Mendy, the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment and who has kept four clean sheets in five games in this edition.
- Chelsea: Mendi; Thiago Silva, Rudiger and Christensen; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante and Marcos Alonso; Ziyech, Pulisic and Lukaku
- Small: Garden; elik, Fonte, Botman and Gudmundsson; Weah, André, Xeka and Bamba; Yilmaz and David
Deceived Juve catch faltering rival
Massimiliano Allegri had a lot of trouble starting the team, but he will be able to count on Vlahovic for the first time in this Champions League. The Serbian forward was one of the main signings of the last transfer window and scored one goal in four games for the new club.
Dybala, Chiesa, Chiellini, Bernardeschi and Rugani are all ruled out, and Bonucci and Pellegrini, who are recovering, will have to start from the bench.
– We have experienced changes in the last month, we are more positive, we react differently when there are difficulties. This means that we are growing, we have taken actions that invite optimism. Dusan (Vlahovic) is a great player, you can see it in his eyes when he envisions tomorrow’s game. He has a great career ahead of him, we hope tomorrow he can score his first goal or goal in the Champions League – said the coach.
HI Villareal, the current Europa League champions, advanced to the group stage by beating Atalanta on the road in the last round. However, in 2021/22, the team alternated good and bad moments. It was eliminated from the Copa del Rey early for Sporting Gijón and is in sixth place in the Spanish Championship.
Dutchman Danjuma, an ex-Bournemouth and in his first season in Spain, is Unai Emery’s side’s top scorer this season, with 12 goals in 21 games.
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