This Friday,7th August will see the return to action of Champions League football after a 149 day wait for the penultimate round of 16 fixtures that were delayed because of the corona virus pandemic. March 11th was the last time a Champions League ball was kicked, on the night holders Liverpool were knocked out by Atletico Madrid in a thrilling encounter. But after the COVID-19 pandemic swept the continent, European football is set to return rejuvenating excitement of football fans around the world.
On Friday 7th will see Manchester city face off with Real Madrid at the Etihad stadium with City holding a slim advantage with a 2-1 aggregate lead. The other tie will see Juventus host Lyon with Juventus hoping to overcome their opponents. Juventus moves into this game trailing following their 1-0 defeat in the first leg. They’ll look up to their star man and Five time Champions League winner Cristiano Ronaldo for more heroics.
Then on Saturday 8th, August Barcelona take on Napoli in tie that is evenly matched. The Champions League remains Barcelona’s only chance of winning any form of silverware in a season that has been dismal and frustrating. Barcelona will look up to their main man Lionel Messi for some inspiration to take them further in the competition. Chelsea will play Bayern Munich heading into the game on the back an FA Cup defeat to arsenal and trailing in the tie 3-0 on aggregate. Can they orchestrate a comeback?