Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
Real Madrid have failed to beat their city rivals Atletico Madrid in all six previous meetings, drawing two and losing four, most notably suffering a 4-0 thrashing when the city rivals last met in February. So going into this tie they have an egde with both teams nursing revenge.
It’s going to be a dicey affair and a feisty battle between both sides at the Vicente Calderon.
Not taking anything away from Diego Simeone’s team that produced an impressive display in February against a Real side that missed Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Pepe, Atletico should be worried that these players are likely to appear tonight.
S?meone’s s?de has won all four of ?ts home matches ?n th?s season’s Champ?ons League wh?le Los Blancos are travell?ng to the V?cente Calderon stad?um hav?ng preva?led ?n each of the?r away games.
The Roj blancos w?ll be bolstered by the return of Croat?an str?ker Mar?o Mandzuk?c. He m?ssed h?s team’s last two games w?th a recurring ankle problem but ?s fit.
Juventus v Monaco
This game is a tricky one because Monaco will come out not to concede and hope to catch Juventus trio at the back on the counter- attack. But something tells me its going to end either in a draw or another shock win for the French side who have failed to win a game in Italy.
Monaco themselves have shrugged off a wretched start to the season and have now gone eight games unbeaten in the French Ligue 1 and are now third in the standings on 58 points from 32 matches, just three points behind leaders PSG.
But just as Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has pinpointed Carlos Tevez as the dangerman his side must pay attention to the Argentine who is the top scorer in Europe.
The Argentina international has 25 goals in all competitions this term and, despite suffered with a thigh injury of late, could make his return to action in the UEFA Champions League.
Despite Monaco losing just twice in this season’s Champions League, they will see themselves as achivers if the bow out to Juve in the quarter-finals.
But Juve were the more convincing qualifiers to the last-eight after they dumped Borussia Dortmund 5-1 on aggregate, while Monaco needed the away goals’ rule to progress after they were tied at 3-3 aggregate with Arsenal.