Liverpool walking a tightrope in Champions League
The draw for upcoming Champions League last-16 round has been made, and Premier League sides Liverpool and Manchester United have drawn tricky opponents.
Liverpool barely made it out alive of their group at the expanse of Napoli on the final matchday of the group stage. It won’t get easier for them as they face 2012-13 champions Bayern Munich in the next round. The draw for the last-16 has thrown up some interesting ties, but this fixture hasfootball fans watering in their mouths.
Undoubtedly, the German champions have enjoyed more success than their opponents in the recent years. However, based on current form, Liverpool look like a better side than their opponents.
Bayern are struggling under a new manager this season, and they find themselves third in their domestic league. Meanwhile, Liverpool have been flying high under Jurgen Klopp. They are the current runners-up in the competition, and they currently top the league table ahead of Manchester City.
The Reds play Bayern in the first leg at Anfield on 19th February, and the return leg will take place at Allianz Arena on 13th March. A lot can change until then, but we believe Liverpool have a golden opportunity to topple a European giant this season.
Meanwhile, Manchester United must be dreading their tie against French champions Paris Saint-Germain. The Red Devils have recently appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their interim manager, and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the club at the moment.
Under Jose Mourinho, United had witnessed one of their worst starts to a football season. However, following the departure of the Portuguese manager, United fans must be hoping for an upturn in results. The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba have been underperforming, and Solskjaer’s main objective would be to get the best out of these players.
It would be interesting to see what sort of changes Solskjaer brings in with himself, but there is no doubting that United would be hugeunderdogs against PSG.
United were not overly impressive in the group stage, but they did manage to beat Juventus in Turin. They would need to produce something similar if they hope to get past the French champions.
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