Champions League: The long wait is over as holders Liverpool head back to Madrid

Since the draw was made in December the countdown has been on as Europe’s elite prepare to meet in the last-16 of arguably the biggest club competition in the world.

Dean Callus

One of the biggest ties of the Champions League knockout stage sees holders Liverpool taking on Atletico Madrid at the stadium where they won this trophy for the sixth time against Tottenham back in May.

The form couldn’t be any more contrasting for the two teams with Atletico winning just one of their last seven matches in all competitions and currently sitting 4th in La Liga, some 13 points off league leaders Real Madrid.

On the other hand, Liverpool’s form cannot be any better, they are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League, a huge 25 points ahead of Man City (who have a game in hand) and excluding the FA Cup Draw they have 16 straight wins to their name.

Liverpool fans

The reigning champs are just five wins away from securing the Premier League title which now means that they can now focus on the Champions League, something which may not have been priority number a few weeks ago.

But in a competition like this anything can happen and the Spanish side have proven to be consistently very good in the Champions League in recent seasons.

Atletico will be missing their young starlet Joao Felix as he failed to recover from illness while Liverpool will be expected to have all their main stars available.

Diego Simeone’s team will be difficult to breakdown as, despite their struggles, they still have the second-best defence in the Spanish top league with only 17 goals conceded.

Atletico Madrid

Also on Tuesday night, PSG take on Dortmund in a packed Signal Iduna Park with the hosts having won four out of their last five Bundesliga matches.

If their recent run of results has been good then their goal-scoring form has been just as impressive, having found the net 22 times during this impressive run and are currently the highest-scoring team in the Bundesliga with an incredible 63 goals.

The fine domestic form for the French giants has seen them open up a 10 point lead over second-place Marseille and this healthy cushion will allow them to focus their energy on their Champions League efforts and they can even afford to rest their biggest star and number one threat to the Dortmund defence, Kylian Mbappe, who has 24 goals from 28 appearances.

Jadon Sancho and goal machine Erling Haaland are the ones to watch for Borrusia Dortmund but they will be missing team captain Marco Reus – even so, expect a lot of goals and attacking football in this potentially explosive encounter.


How to watch

Champions League Last-16

Atletico Madrid v Liverpool
20:00 Live on BT Sport

B. Dortmund v PSG
20:00 BT Sport


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