Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2016/2017
Real Mad. 17.3.17
Real Madrid to face Bayern
Defending champion Real Madrid will play Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, a pairing that pits Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti against the team he won the trophy with three years ago. Real and Bayern, who first play in Munich, have combined to win 16 European titles. Also in Friday's draw, Barcelona will meet Juventus in a rematch of the 2015 final, Leicester will face Atletico Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund will take on Monaco. The first legs will be played on April 11-12, with the return matches on April 18-19.
Atletico M 14.3.17
Torres set to return
Fernando Torres is set return for Atletico Madrid's Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, two weeks after he was discharged from hospital with a head injury. The striker, 32, lost consciousness after a heavy challenge in a game with Deportivo La Coruna on 2 March. Torres returned to full training on Monday and boss Diego Simeone confirmed he is available.
Kevin Gameiro is a doubt for the game after missing Saturday's 1-0 La Liga win at Granada with an abdominal injury. Captain Gabi and left-back Filipe Luis are suspended for the game.
Slimani doubtful for Sevilla clash
Leicester City forward Islam Slimani remains a doubt for the Foxes as they prepare for their Champions League showdown with Sevilla. The Algerian international has been struggling with a groin injury and is unlikely to recover in time for the arrival of Sevilla at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile manager Craig Shakespeare has already confirmed midfielder Nampalys Mendy will miss the big European night but could be fit for the encounter with West Ham on Saturday.
Falcao facing fitness battle
Radamel Falcao faces a battle to be fit for Monaco's Champions League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday after sustaining a new injury in Saturday's 2-1 Ligue 1 victory over Bordeaux. The Colombian came off the bench for the last 25 minutess and immediately inspired the opening goal for Kylian Mbappe that paved the way for the win. But coach Leonardo Jardim revealed Falcao suffered a hip injury in the final moments of the match: "He took a major blow on his right side and we will have to see how it evolves. I hope it doesn't matter and that it is only a small hit, but will wait to see the exams."
Dortmund could be without Guerreiro against Benfica
Borussia Dortmund could be without midfielder Raphael Guerreiro when they host Benfica on Wednesday, with the Portuguese nursing a muscle injury, coach Thomas Tuchel said on Tuesday. The Germans must overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg as they seek a third quarter-final appearance in the competition in a decade but were already without attacking midfielder Marco Reus and Mario Gotze.
"Guerreiro is doubtful for tomorrow. He has a stiff thigh muscle from the 6-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen (on Saturday)," Tuchel told reporters. "We will take as decision on this tomorrow."
Sanchez starts, Ozil on the bench
Alexis Sanchez has returned to Arsene Wenger's starting XI for Arsenal's clash with Bayern. The Chilean superstar was dropped for the trip to Liverpool last weekend. After a subdued first-half display at Anfield, Wenger opted to throw Sanchez on in the hope of a comeback after the Reds took a 2-0 lead. Sanchez, who reportedly wants to leave Arsenal this summer, made a difference but was unable to inspire a turnaround.
The 28-year-old is one of four changes Wenger has made for the visit of German giants. Playmaker Mesut Ozil has made the bench, despite Wenger stating earlier that he was ruled out through illness, while Aaron Ramsey, David Ospina and Theo Walcott come into the starting line-up.
Di Maria doubtful, Motta out
Paris Saint-Germain will make a late call on Angel Di Maria for Wednesday's Champions League match at Barcelona but experienced midfielder Thiago Motta misses out with a calf problem. Motta was not involved in the initial game at Parc des Princes, and the Italy international will not be available to play again. Di Maria netted a stunning brace before being substituted after an hour with a muscular problem and the Argentina star has only made one appearance since.
Neuer and Costa will be fit for tonight
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Manuel Neuer and Douglas Costa will be fit for tonight's game with Arsenal. The German international goalkeeper missed training on Monday thanks to a back problem, whilst the Brazilian winger was substituted after 52 minutes of Bayern's match against Koln at the weekend.
"Neuer has a minor back problem and needs some treatment at the hotel - but he'll 100% play," Ancelotti said. "Costa is fit. Everyone is fit apart from Boateng who stayed behind in Munich, but he'll be with us next week." Only definite absentee will be captain Philipp Lahm, who picked up a booking in the first leg and is suspended as a result.
|4||Dinamo K.||5||2||1-2-3 (6)|
|2||Man. City||9||2||2-3-1 (6)|
|1||Atletico M||15||5||5-0-1 (6)|
|2||Bayer L.||10||4||2-4-0 (6)|
|2||Real Mad.||12||6||3-3-0 (6)|
|3||Legia W.||4||-15||1-1-4 (6)|
|Leicester - Sevilla||2:0 (1:2)|
|Juventus - Porto||1:0 (2:0)|
|Monaco - Man. City||3:1 (3:5)|
|Atletico M - Bayer L.||0:0 (4:2)|
|Arsenal - Bayern||1:5 (1:5)|
|Napoli - Real Mad.||1:3 (1:3)|
|Barcelona - PSG||6:1 (0:4)|
|Dortmund - Benfica||4:0 (0:1)|
|15.3||Monaco - Man. City||3 : 1|
|15.3||Atletico M - Bayer L.||0 : 0|
|14.3||Juventus - Porto||1 : 0|
|14.3||Leicester - Sevilla||2 : 0|
|8.3||Dortmund - Benfica||4 : 0|
|8.3||Barcelona - PSG||6 : 1|
|7.3||Napoli - Real Mad.||1 : 3|
|7.3||Arsenal - Bayern||1 : 5|
|22.2||Sevilla - Leicester||2 : 1|
|22.2||Porto - Juventus||0 : 2|
|21.2||Bayer L. - Atletico M||2 : 4|
|21.2||Man. City - Monaco||5 : 3|
|15.2||Bayern - Arsenal||5 : 1|
|15.2||Real Mad. - Napoli||3 : 1|
|14.2||PSG - Barcelona||4 : 0|
|14.2||Benfica - Dortmund||1 : 0|
Champions League stats
|home wins||44 %|
|away wins||29 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2016/2017
The UEFA Champions League, originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, is probably the greatest international club competition in the world. The league has undergone a number of changes since the old knock-out tournament was upgraded with group stages in 1993. The current format was introduced in the 2003/04 season. Under this format, after three qualifying rounds for clubs who do not qualify for direct entry, 32 teams play one group stage. There are eight groups of four clubs, each team playing each other home and away for a total of six games in the group.
The top two teams from each group progress to the knock-out stage, the eight third-placed teams move into a secondary competition, the UEFA Europa League, while the eight fourth-placed teams are eliminated. The matches in the knock-out stages are played over two legs. The teams are paired up and play each other at home and away, with the club scoring the greater aggregate of goals going on to the next round. The winners of the two semi-finals play the Champions League Final, which is a single match on a venue decided by UEFA.