Barcelona vs Manchester United
Manchester United would have to put in an effort of herculean proportion if they hope to progress into the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League this season. Having lost the first leg by a single goal at home, they would have to produce a performance of true grits and guts to overcome the deficit at the Nou Camp. They would be heartened by similar stirring performances achieved in Turin against Juventus and in Paris against PSG that got them to advance to this stage of the tournament. The principal gladiators of their Paris heroics, Lukaku and Rashford would have to be firing on all cylinders to offset the loss to suspension of influential defender, Luke Shaw.
Barcelona on the other hand would have the cushion of their victory away from home and the support of their vociferous fans to bank on as they hope to advance to the semi-finals for the first time in four years. Led by the talismanic Messi who has already racked up eight goals and three assists in seven Champions League games so far this season, they would be hoping to prevent the sort of improbable comeback that they and today’s opponent have mounted against PSG in the Champions League. Messi would have the competent supporting cast of Suarez, Coutinho, Rakitic and Busquet to aid him in the quest of surmounting the hurdle posed by Manchester United in today’s epic Champions League clash. Read about the Juventus vs Ajax game below.
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Juventus vs Ajax
Juventus, boasting arguably the greatest player that has ever competed in the Champions League in Cristiano Ronaldo would go head to head against another traditional European powerhouse, Ajax, in their quest to add to the solitary European title in their kitty. Ronaldo, having almost single-handedly led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League triumphs would be looking for an encore with Juventus to cement his status as the most potent weapon deployed by teams in the Champions League. He has already produced the sort of virtuoso performance that brought glory for Real with his devastation of Atletico Madrid in the previous round, dragging Juve back from the precipice of elimination. His first leg goal in a draw against a plucky, young Ajax side ensure that Juventus go into this one as favourites to progress to the next round.
However, they have to be on guard against a dangerous Ajax side that have already proved their mettle in this year’s competition by eliminating Real Madrid with a virtuoso display that downed the reigning champions right on their own home patch. Similar gritty showings against the likes of Bayern Munich and Benfica, European giants in their own rights should keep Juventus on guard all through the encounter against this promising Ajax side. Led by the exciting talent of Dusan Tadic who has already plundered six goals and three assists in the Champions League, and with the able supporting cast of Frenkie De Jong, Mathias De Ligt, and Hakim Ziyech, Ajax would not roll over easily in this tie.