The visits of real Madrid to Liverpool and napoli to eintracht frankfurt of Germany will give continuity to the round of 16 of the Champions League. Both matches will begin at 5:00 p.m. (Argentine time) and will be televised by ESPN and Fox Sports respectively.
The Anfield Road match has a special resonance: Liverpool and Real Madrid played last year’s final in Paris and they are potential candidates to reach the same instance this year. Carlo Ancelotti, the Madrid coach, will be able to count on his main figures and the team also arrives in good shape after having won the Club World Cup and defeated Elche at home and Osasuna as a visitor in the Spanish League this week.
Liverpool, for its part, is going through its best week so far in 2023 and seems to have woken up after a crisis of results (a seven-game win) that left him in the middle of the table and out of the two Cups in the new year. “It’s too early to say that we’re back, but we keep fighting like we did when we were bad and we’ve achieved our second victory in a row. We feel good. We haven’t achieved it for a long time,” said Jürgen Klopp after beating Newcastle 2-0. A triumph that rounded off a fantastic week that began by beating Everton 2-0 and which has allowed him to rise to eighth place, seven points behind Tottenham, the last team that is currently qualifying for the 2023/24 Champions League.
In the other meeting tomorrow for the round of 16 of the Champions League, Frankfurt is sixth in the Bundesliga with 38 points and five behind the eternal leader Bayern Munich. Last Saturday, they beat Werder Bremen 2-0 in a match in which the former River strikers Lucas Alario and Rafael Santos Borre They entered in the second half instead of two great acquaintances of Argentine soccer: Mario Gotze, author of the goal with which Germany beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil) and the French Randal Kolo-Muanithe one to whom Emiliano “Dibu” Martínez covered that shot at the end of the extra time of the unforgettable World Cup final in Qatar.
Napoli, in turn, seems on track to win the “Scudetto” something that hasn’t happened since 1990, when Diego Maradona shone there. With 62 points, he leads the table, 15 ahead of Milan, has won his last seven games in a row and seems determined to extend his dominance of Italian football to Europe.