Fans have been anticipating the next stage since the champions league draw was announced. And now February is upon us, personally, I am ecstatic, I am anticipating and certainly waiting to be stunned.
The champions league is as always every thrilling, exciting, and most of all full of surprises. However, the dark horse in this champions league draw is unknown at the but the usual suspects we know gearing up for the title.
We look at most anticipated fixture of the 2018/2019 champions league knock 1st round knock stage.
Champions League draw Match of the Day– Tues 12th February
A rejuvenated Manchester United goes head to head in an all counter attacking encounter. Ole will certainly his plate full with this one and most of all a point to prove. While the depleted Paris Saint-German will look to see this one off without Neymar. Furthermore, It will be a war in the middle of the park with the returning Marco verratti and Paul Pogba. For many, the PSG is the final test for Ole Gunnar Solskjær while Pogba’s world-class status hangs on the day’s performance.
Manchester United 20:00 Paris Saint-Germain
Champions League draw Match of the Day– Wednesday 13th February
This day will see the most successful team in the European competition go head to head with Ajax. Ajax has lost its glory while Real Madrid has gained further. Everyone is looking to see how this team ferry without Christiano Ronaldo. But the Match of the day is stolen by an all attacking encounter between Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund. Arguably Dortmund’s best season and in a good form, on top of the Bundesliga table while The teenage dream of Tottenham is starting to come of age and being questioned. Harry Kane is out but the return of the Korean Son and an outstanding manager might just be enough.
Champions League draw Match of the Day– Tues 19th February
Liverpool has been basking in thoughts of winning the premier league before the late drop in form. But backed by an incredible back line and the trio of Salah, Mane, and Firmino they are surely aiming to cause an upset in the already disastrous season of Europen giant Bayern Munich.
Liverpool 20:00 Bayern Munich
Champions League draw Match of the Day– Wednesday 20th February
The match of the day is a familiar foe in familiar territory. Christiano Ronaldo returns to Madrid in this one. Once in the white across the city, Ronaldo comes in all white and black stripes once again. Fiesty encounter expected as Ronaldo has broken the hearts of many in the stadium not once but twice.
In the other fixture of the day, Pep is still looking for the all elusive post-Barcelona Champions league title.