Leipzig in nice kind forward of Liverpool
Having house benefit taken away isn’t a optimistic factor, however many on the market should surprise how completely different this second leg can be for Liverpool with out present quarantine and border restrictions. The Reds misplaced an unprecedented sixth successive house recreation to Fulham on Sunday and even with the cushion of 2-0 lead from the primary leg towards RB Leipzig in Budapest, there might need been a number of butterflies at returning to the scene of defeats to 2 London golf equipment in 4 days.
The enormity of this recreation is not going to be misplaced on Jürgen Klopp and his gamers. With their hopes of retaining the Premier League title up in flames, Liverpool want the Champions League greater than ever, and face opponents who’re in fantastic kind in the meanwhile.
Leipzig have gained six in a row in the Bundesliga, placing them scorching on the heels of Bayern Munich, they usually even led the desk for a number of hours on Saturday, courtesy of a complete 3-0 at Freiburg, the place they made a tricky task seem like a breeze.
That run extends to eight wins from 9 in all competitions, with the one exception being the defeat to Liverpool in Hungary. It’s the one doubt over Leipzig – we all know Julian Nagelsmann has the tactical chops to tackle one of the best and that he has expertise at his disposal, however unforced particular person errors undid them within the first recreation and earlier within the competitors towards Manchester United. One senses that maturity will knead that out of Leipzig however the return to Budapest is a check of their nerve as a lot as their high quality. They might have left themselves an excessive amount of to do to qualify however the win just isn’t past them.
Juve look to cease historical past repeating towards Porto
How Juventus wanted Saturday evening’s 3-1 win over Lazio; not simply to maintain them on the fringes of the Serie A title race, however when it comes to efficiency, because it was certainly one of their greatest shortly. Not because the Supercoppa win over Napoli in January, celebrated so joyously by Andrea Pirlo, have the Italian champions produced one thing so invigorating.
Interestingly it was largely achieved with out Cristiano Ronaldo, who was rested and got here on for the final 20 minutes when the again of the sport was damaged. Álvaro Morata led the road with Aaron Ramsey, Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa behind him, and the on-loan Atlético Madrid striker and Chiesa mixed fantastically. There isn’t any suggestion that Ronaldo will not begin towards his compatriots however it’s optimistic for Pirlo that he has options.
Chiesa may have already modified the course of this tie. Until he got here on the primary leg on the Dragão, Juve appeared blunt and devoid of concepts, trailing 2-0 and going nowhere quick. The 23-year-old’s late aim has given the Bianconeri one thing to work with however Porto are fabricated from robust stuff. Sérgio Conceição drills his staff nicely and they’re going to hope to feed on house nervousness. If Juve had been to exit on Tuesday they might have exited the Champions League to Dutch, French and Portuguese opposition in Ronaldo’s three seasons on the membership.
Depleted Dortmund and sorry Sevilla face second of reality
It was one other Klassiker, one other laborious luck story for Borussia Dortmund as they fell to late defeat at Bayern Munich on Saturday night. It was a seventh straight Bundesliga loss on the house of the champions and although it was much less complete than a few of their latest beatings in Bavaria, it was laborious to swallow having led 2-0 by means of an Erling Haaland brace.
At least Edin Terzić may look again on some optimistic moments. There was little probability of that for Julen Lopetegui, whose Sevilla had been wretched in a deserved defeat at relegation-threatened Elche. He may have anticipated extra of a response after Wednesday’s timid capitulation at Barcelona, denying them a spot within the Copa del Rey last. For all of the speak of a Barça revival, Sevilla had been meek and extremely complicit within the comeback of Ronald Koeman’s facet.
Lopetegui should actually dig deep and rally his troops earlier than the journey to North-Rhine Westphalia, however it would take extra than simply guts to show this round, with BVB having a lead and three away targets within the financial institution. The coach has mentioned after latest setbacks that the efficiency wants to come back earlier than the end result, however the two should go collectively. Terzić’s plan to have Haaland beginning deeper and bursting past the Sevilla defence together with his tempo labored completely and the guests want a plan to not less than make it harder for him.