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UEFA Champions League Preview: City, Leipzig, Inter, and Porto Eye Quarters

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The UEFA Champions League resumes on Tuesday night with Manchester City looking for success in the competition for the first time in their history


Manchester City will host Bundesliga side RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium in their second leg UEFA Champions League Round of 16 fixture. Pep Guardiola has not underestimated the German side after a 1-1 draw in the first leg on February 22nd. Josko Gvardiol cancelled Mahrez’ goal at the Red Bull Arena. Pep Guardiola noted, “We have to win the game and to win the game we have to try. I admire a lot what Leipzig have done. When I was in Munich they were in second division so I could not face them. I am a big fan of what they do.”

Guardiola added, “They play eight players inside and two incredible wide full-backs. When you close outside they have players inside. That’s why it’s so difficult to control them.”

Following Friday’s 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig may be without Xaver Schlager and Christopher Nkunku this week due to injuries they both sustained in the fixture. Schlager underwent an operation in Munich and could be out for a long time whereas Nkunku was taken off with a minor thigh strain.

Predicted Lineups

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish

RB Leipzig: Blaswich; Henrichs, Orban, Gvardiol, Halstenberg; Laimer, Haidara; Szoboszlai, Forsberg, Werner; Silva

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Inter Milan With Slim Advantage Over FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League Clash

Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to score for Inter Milan against FC Porto in the first leg played at the San Siro. The Italian giants will try to continue a trend of finishing the job in Europe’s top club competition; they have won four of their last seven away games in the elimination stage, with all four coming in second legs. However, they have only won the first leg twice in their last ten attempts at this stage.

Inter have not been consistent this season and are second in Serie A, 18 points behind leaders Napoli. Following the first-leg win, Inter have had a goalless draw against struggling Sampdoria. They won against Udinese (2-1) but lost to Bologna (1-0) after facing Porto. Won against Lecce (2-0) then lost against Spezia last Friday (1-0).

Inter goalkeeper Onana will return to the starting 11 after resting against Spezia on Friday. Joaquin Correa is also back in training but is expected to come on as a substitute.

Predicted Lineups

Porto: Costa; Mario, Pepe, Cardoso, Sanusi; Grujic, Uribe; Franco, Pepe, Galeno; Taremi

Inter Milan: Onana; De Vrij, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Martinez, Dzeko

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