The Champions League returns on Friday - and we can’t wait.
The coronavirus pandemic halted the competition midway through the last-16 stage before it really started heating up.
On Friday, Juventus & Lyon and Real Madrid & Manchester City will play the second legs of their last-16 clashes. Then, the following day, it’s the turn of Barcelona & Napoli and Bayern Munich & Chelsea.
Only then will we know the full quarter-final line-up, who will compete in a mini-tournament in Lisbon.
The quarter-final and semi-final will be one-off matches in Portugal’s capital, rather than the two-legged affairs we’re familiar with.
Then, the final will take place on Sunday, August 23.
Bring. It. On.
Now, to whet our appetite, BT Sport have posted a brilliant video showing Champions League legends embarrassing other Champions League legends.
What follows is absolute legends of the game making fools of other legends of the game.
The video includes:
- Zidane vs Nedved & Del Piero
- Henry vs Puyol & Marquez
- Messi vs Scholes
- Ronaldinho vs Gattuso
- Ronaldo vs Yaya Toure
- Messi vs Boateng
- Zidane vs Thuram
- Kaka vs Heinze & Evra
- Messi vs Milner
- Henry vs Sergio Ramos
- Riquelme vs Veron, Figo & Cambiasso
- Iniesta vs Cabaye, Cavani & Verratti
- Mane vs Neymar
- Mbappe vs Alaba
- Ronaldo vs Koke
- Suarez vs David Luiz
Take a look:
We know what you’re all thinking: Where is John O’Shea’s nutmeg on Luis Figo?
Honestly, we’re with you on that one.
But who are the favourites to win the competition when it eventually resumes?
Well, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes two clubs who have never won the competition before has a great chance to do just that.
“When you are playing a match against Atalanta or Atletico Madrid, anything can happen. But for me, Manchester City and PSG are the two favourites in terms of their potential,” Wenger told Europe 1.
“I feel they are a little bit less strong than three or four years ago. In terms of their holistic set-up, they were maybe a bit more complete three to four years ago, in all positions.
“The competition was stronger as well. But I think that there has been a general decline in the quality of European football at the very, very, very highest level and they are still amongst the two or three best in Europe.
“We shouldn’t be looking for false reasons why PSG have not yet won the Champions League. Even Real Madrid didn’t win it sometimes during 10 to 15 years, then they won it three times in a row.”
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