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Liverpool face tough test as Champions League actions resume

Liverpool face tough test as Champions League actions resume

Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (L) and Liverpool’s Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (C) walk around the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on February 17, 2020 on the eve of their Champions League football match against Club Atletico de Madrid.

Champions League last 16 games get underway today with the defending champions, Liverpool returning to the scene of their UEFA Champions League final triumph from last season, the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, to face hosts Atletico.

There will be four fixtures, and the matches will be on SuperSport and DStv.

The UEFA Champions League action resumes for the first time in 2020 with a potential thriller between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain at Signal Iduna Park this evening.

This clash could be a goal-laden affair, with two hugely attack-minded teams and a bevvy of stars on display. PSG boast the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi, while Dortmund’s youthful promise is highlighted in the likes of Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi and January signing, Erling Haaland.

The latter player has made a huge impact at BVB since his move from Salzburg and will be looking to add to the eight goals he has already scored in the competition while on the books of the Austrian side.

“It’s absolutely fantastic,” Haaland said in regard to scoring in front of Dortmund’s famous Yellow Wall, the largest standing terrace in Europe. “It’s just a fantastic feeling that I haven’t had before.”

While the Reds have been absolutely imperious across all competitions virtually through the whole of the season thus far, this has been a tough campaign for Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos, who are very much in a transitional phase. Yet if any team can find a way to stymie Liverpool’s awesome attack, then it is surely Atletico.

SuperSport viewers will be treated to their next double dose of UEFA Champions League action tomorrow, with Atalanta hosting Valencia at the San Siro at the same time that Tottenham Hotspur tackles RB Leipzig in London.

La Dea are one of the most free-flowing and attacking teams in Europe and their recovery from a position of virtual elimination in the group stage is one of the best fairytales of this season’s UEFA Champions League, but they may find Albert Celades’ Valencia a tough nut to crack.

At the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, former UEFA Champions League winner Jose Mourinho and highly-rated young coach Julian Nagelsmann will have a fascinating battle of tactical wits. While Spurs have become more direct and pragmatic under ‘the Special One’, Leipzig is a well-drilled attacking team, though their confidence has taken a hit with some poor recent results and it will be interesting to see how Nagelsmann lifts his player for a clash against Spurs.

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