Champions League

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

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After winning the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Etihad Stadium, the four-time European champions are aiming to make Premier League champions chase the game

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Max Allegri's men already have a lead from last month's first-leg tie and our tipster is backing the Serie A side to record another victory over their German hosts on Wednesday

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Barcelona's defence at home has not been the most solid and our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides thinks there is value in backing City to score in the opening 45 minutes

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The former France international can understand supporter frustration at a lack of trophies and does not believe that Thierry Henry is ready to take over at the club

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Manuel Pellegrini's men must triumph at Camp Nou to reach the Champions League quarter-finals but the Argentine is upbeat about his side's chances

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COMMENT: Diego Simeone's side have won only one of their last six and their scoring drought is a big concern ahead of the crucial Champions League clash against Leverkusen

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PROFILE: The Turkey international has been in sublime form both in the Bundesliga and Champions League and has been likened to the Arsenal playmaker

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ANALYSIS: The loss of their key playmaker is a blow for the Bianconeri, but they have regularly proven they can play without him

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The Rojiblancos have a formidable home record and our man in the Spanish capital Phil Kitromilides is backing them to score a first-half goal this evening against the Germans

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The Arsenal manager returns to Monaco on Tuesday night, the club where he made his name, hoping to book an unlikely place in the Champions League quarter-finals

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The German World Cup winner has often been criticised for supposedly lethargic and meek performances, but his subtle genius and deceptive influence goes criminally unnoticed

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The BVB boss feels an exciting end to the game will mean his side have a good chance of going through against the Italian champions

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English teams have fared spectacularly badly in Catalonia, recording just one win in 28 visits, and the Premier League champions need a miracle to turn around the tie

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The midfielder, linked with Barcelona, scored the winner in the first leg against Atletico but his coach has urged the whole team to deliver "an extraordinary effort" in Madrid

Monday, 16 March 2015

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The Argentine coach says he needs the Vicente Calderon crowd to get behind his side as they look to overturn their Champions League deficit against Bayer Leverkusen

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Monaco face the Gunners in the second leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday, with the Portuguese coach high on confidence after winning 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium

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Illness has ruled out the Czech playmaker, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains sidelined, otherwise the same squad that hammered West Ham have traveled to France

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The veteran faced a race against time to be fit in time for the second leg on Wednesday, but his club have confirmed he will play no part in the game

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The coaching legend fears a tough task awaits the Italian titleholders and fears they have little chance of going far in the competition