Champions League 2nd Legs – Part 1
We have 4 fixtures to look forward to next week:
Tuesday 11th March – 7.45pm
Atletico vs AC Milan
Bayern vs Arsenal
Wednesday 12th March – 7.45pm
Barcelona vs Man City
PSG vs Leverkusen
The only contest that I’d say is well and truly over, is PSG v Leverkusen. The downside of this is the fact that Laurent Blanc may choose to rest some of his key players. Cavani has returned to training and could either play alongside or replace Ibrahimovic up front. Then there’s Marquinhos, who performed really well in the absence of Silva during the group stages, he should get the nod at the back for this one.
Atletico are firm favourites to go through to the next stage. They have the all-important away goal and home advantage on their side – they were also only 8 minutes away from beating Real Madrid last weekend, before Ronaldo popped up to salvage a point, so confidence is high. Milan however, have just been beaten at home by their rivals, Juventus. Balotelli is a doubt with a shoulder injury, El Shaarawy is still out and Robinho… well, he’s being Robinho! It’s not a good time to be a Milan fan.
Can our English clubs turn things around??? If Arsenal can somehow repeat the performance that earned them a 2-0 win in the Allianz Arena back in March 2013, then they have a great chance. On that occasion Giroud scored after just 3 minutes and Bayern never seemed to recover, an early goal on this occasion would certainly help. Muller is an early doubt, Ribery could be fit and Robben should recover from a thigh injury.
The biggest game for me is at the Camp Nou… The last time City played there was in a friendly back in 2009, Toure started for Barcelona in that game and City won it 1-0. They will have Aguero available for this one, and luckily for them Demichelis is suspended – liability! Confidence is high after the Capital One comeback and they have nothing to lose, it could be a classic.
We have 2 free and 1 optional transfer to use in GR8 but I advise you not to use them just yet! It would be best to let the first set of fixtures to play out, assess the damage to our iTeams and then use transfers to bring in players from Real Madrid, Dortmund or Chelsea – Man U players are too risky! Using your transfers this way will allow you to transfer players out who have been eliminated from the competition.
If you haven’t created your free Champions League iTeam yet, it’s not too late. With lots of Gameround prizes still to give away, it’s definitely worth having a go. Newly created iTeams have been winning a lot of the prizes recently.
You can sign up for free HERE
Best of Luck!
Aberdeen take on Inverness CT in the final of the Scottish League Cup this weekend.
The excellent @FitbaThatba have gone so far as to pen a tune for their beloved Dons!
Best of luck lads #COYR