Monday 23 September 2019

What time, what channel and everything else you need to know about the Champions League quarter-finals

Pep Guardiola (Adam Davy/PA)
Pep Guardiola (Adam Davy/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

The Champions League quarter-final second legs get under way tonight and here is everything you need to know about the four ties.


BARCELONA (1) v MANCHESTER UNITED (0), 8pm - RTE 2, Virgin Media Sport One Extra

Barcelona have progressed to the next round on seven of the eight occasions they have won 1-0 away in the first leg of a European tie and that record is likely to be extended at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have fond memories of a stadium that witnessed his finest moment as a United player when he snatched the winner in the Champions League final almost 20 years ago, but he admits a comeback against Barca would be even more impressive than their recovery from a 2-0 first leg defeat to beat Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round.

One to watch: Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)

United’s powerhouse striker needs to bully the Barcelona defence into submission if Solskjaer’s side are to have any chance of another second leg recovery.

Verdict: Barcelona stroll into the semi-finals.

JUVENTUS (1) v AJAX (1), 8pm - Virgin Media One

Ajax pulled off a sensational second leg performance to beat Real Madrid away from home in the last round and their midfielder Frenkie de Jong is convinced they can repeat that trick against Juventus.

"If we play the way we did in Madrid, with a lot of courage, then we have a big chance of winning. We’ve done well so far in the Champions League, and we’re not done yet. We had chances to beat Juventus in the first match and we have to take confidence from this."

One to watch: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus)

This experienced Croatian striker did not have his best night in the first leg in Amsterdam, but he is a robust threat leading the line.

Verdict: Cristiano Ronaldo to come to the fore again as Juve win.


MANCHESTER CITY (0) v TOTTENHAM (1), 8pm - Virgin Media Sport One Extra

Manchester City’s failure to score an away goal in north London last Tuesday gives Tottenham a wonderful platform to push for their first appearance in a European Cup semi-final since 1962.

Harry Kane’s absence with his latest ankle injury is a hammer blow Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will need to overcome, with City favourites to progress if they score first in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

One to watch: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

After his penalty miss in the first leg, this goal-scoring machine will be eager to make amends as City target another Champions League semi-final appearance.

Verdict: Manchester City to plot a route into the last four.

PORTO (0) v LIVERPOOL (2), 8pm  - Virgin Media Sport

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao is in upbeat mood ahead of Liverpool’s arrival at the Estadio do Dragao, as he saw signs in his side’s first leg performance at Anfield that gives him confidence of causing an upset on home soil.

"We need everyone in the Estadio do Dragao because this is not over yet and I think we saw that in the first match," said the former Portugal international.

"The goals we concede were unfortunate and then we had chances to score the away goal, but now it is all about scoring first in the second leg."

One to watch: Tiquinho (Porto)

This Brazilian forward has been in fine scoring form this season and will be the man Porto turn to for goals on Wednesday night.

Verdict: Liverpool to score at least one away goal en-route to the semi-finals.

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