Champions League State of Play: Chelsea Host Lille | Man Utd at Atletico
Manchester United head to Atletico Madrid while Chelsea faces Lille at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League last 16.
After Manchester City’s 5-0 thrashing of Sporting Lisbon and Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Inter Milan, United will be looking to emulate the other 3 Premier League clubs in gaining first-leg advantages in the last 16 of the Champions League.
So far in the knockout stages, neither Chelsea nor any other Premier League team has lost, as they won their third straight match 2-0 against Lille on Tuesday night. Let’s get into the truc tiep bong da news you’ve all been waiting for.
A frustrating season for Atletico Madrid
For interim Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick, the only prize worth winning is the team’s 4th European Cup. After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked, United went from sixth to fourth in the Premier League under the German’s guidance, despite their relegation from the FA Cup.
Rangnick, 63, has never led a team in the knockout stages of the Champions League before, and his Schalke team was defeated by Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in the 2011 semi-finals.
If you’ve been missing out on all the football betting news, Rangnick has been bombarded with news about the difficulties he faces as United’s coach, so it was telling that he spoke of the team’s solidarity after Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Leeds in the Premier League.
Simeone is definitely feeling the tension
The longest-tenured coach in the Champions League is in charge of Atletico Madrid. Since taking over as manager in December, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid has experienced some of their most tumultuous periods under his leadership. Simeone is under pressure since the team is inconsistent, much like Manchester United.
Despite a convincing 3-0 victory against Osasuna on Saturday, Atletico has dropped out of the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup in four of their previous six games across all competitions. To watch live soccer K+ has never been this so exciting.
Atletico Madrid, like Manchester United in the United Kingdom, is vying for the final Champions League spot in Spain. With Matheus Cunha and Daniel Wass sidelined by injury, Simeone is likely to face Manchester United without Lemar.
For United, the last prize they’ve won was the Europa League in 2017 under Jose Mourinho, while Atletico Madrid is the current Spanish champions.
Sebastien Haller, to every sports betting player’s surprise, has become the very first player to score 10 goals in the first six games of competition in the group stage for the Amsterdam club.
The Eredivisie leaders from the Netherlands are as dominant locally, winning their previous seven matches to take a five-point lead.
Benfica’s record against the five-time European champions helped the Portuguese side advance to the last 16. Benfica’s self-belief is shaken, though, after the team has won only two of its last 5 matches across all competitions.
Portugal’s national team is now languishing in third place behind Sporting Lisbon and toppers Porto in the league standings. As a result of Nelson Verissimo taking over as B team coach following Jorge Jesus’ dismissal following Barcelona’s win, there is a slump.
The current situation at hand
Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona, the two heavyweights that were knocked out before the knockout stages, will now compete in the Europa League after the competition’s group round concluded in early December.
Dortmund had only failed to advance from the group phase twice in the previous decade, with five-time champions Barca appearing in the knockout phases in 19 of the previous 20 campaigns.
As far as the British are concerned, Manchester City’s 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig with their final group game was of little consequence because they had already secured their place in the last 16 under Pep Guardiola. However, Chelsea had to make a compromise place in Group H after drawing 3-3 with Zenit.
Manchester United, after losing two of their past three games, has risen to the top of Group F and will face Atletico Madrid in the next round.