The return of the round of 16 of the Champions League He will continue this Tuesday with two keys with uncertain results. Starting at 5:00 p.m., Manchester City will receive Leipzig from Germany with transmission on ESPN and Star + while at the same time, in Portugal, Porto will face Inter on Fox Sports television.
“My time here (in Manchester City) will be judged by the Champions League. I don’t want to say that I agree with it, but I am sure that I will be judged by this competition,” said Pep Guardiola, the City coach at the press conference. prior to the match. This is his seventh campaign in charge of the English team in the tournament and he has never been able to win it: Their best result was the final of the 2020/21 season, which they lost 1-0 to Chelsea. Only in the first participation (2016/17) was he left out in the round of 16, then he said goodbye three times in a row in the quarterfinals yen the last season he was eliminated in the semifinals by Real Madrid.
Now, City must beat Leipzig to advance to the quarterfinals. The first leg ended tied 1 to 1 and the local status gives the English team some favoritism since he won 21 of his last 23 games in that condition in the Champions League. His last defeat was in September 2018 against Olympique de Lyon (2-1). In principle, the Argentines Julián Álvarez and Máximo Perrone will go to the bank. Leipzig, for its part, is going through its third participation in the Champions League after being the surprise of the 2019/20 edition that had it as a semifinalist.
Inter will go to the Dragao stadium to assert the 1-0 victory they achieved in the first game. A draw (and of course a win) will put him in the quarterfinals where Milan, his traditional adversary from the city, is already. Porto need a win by at least two goals difference to be able to go through and line up with Benfica, the other Lusitanian team already classified. If they win by just one goal, there will be a 30-minute extension and if equality is not broken, it will be defined by kicks from the penalty mark.
With Lautaro Martínez from the beginning and Valentín Carboni on the bench As an alternative, Inter will look for the classification to save the season. His unexpected 2-1 loss to Spezia on Friday in the Italian championship left him 18 points behind leaders Napoli and with little chance of winning the Scudetto. Joaquín Correa from Tucumán is still recovering from a muscle injury, He was not called up for this match and will also miss the friendlies of the Argentine National Team on the 23rd and 27th of this month against Panama and Curaçao.
The return of the round of 16 will be completed this Wednesday with the matches between Real Madrid and Liverpool and Napoli-Eintracht Frankfurt and the rooms will be drawn next Friday the 17th at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland).