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Champions League last-16 staff information and stats: Liverpool, Barcelona and PSG in second-leg motion
March 9, 2021
The Champions League last-16 second-leg ties proceed on Wednesday with Liverpool, Barcelona and PSG in motion, however who will make it to the quarter-finals?
Liverpool vs RB Leipzig (agg 2-0), Wednesday, 8pm
Liverpool could possibly be with out Roberto Firmino. The ahead was absent from coaching forward of the sport, which can happen in Budapest, resulting from a sore knee.
RB Leipzig have Marcel Halstenberg and captain Marcel Sabitzer again of their ranks. However Angelino continues to be recovering from a muscle harm and can miss out, as will Konrad Lainer and Dominik Szoboszlai.
What occurred final time?
Liverpool broke a run of three straight defeats with their designated away victory at Budapest, the place Wednesday’s tie once more takes place.
Jurgen Klopp’s facet hit their opponents with a quickfire double after half-time with Mohamed Salah (53) and Sadio Mane (58) punishing some inexplicable defending from the Bundesliga facet.
The excellent news for Liverpool is that they have by no means been eradicated from a European Cup/Champions League knockout tie after profitable away from dwelling within the first leg. As well as, the final time they gained each legs within the spherical of 16 was again in 2008/09 in opposition to Actual Madrid.
What’s occurred since?
RB Leipzig couldn’t have timed their Champions League round-of-16 return leg any higher. Leipzig’s 3-0 win at Freiburg on the weekend was their sixth straight league victory, whereas Liverpool slumped to a club-record extending sixth consecutive dwelling league defeat on Sunday, shedding 1-0 to Fulham.
Liverpool have solely overwhelmed Premier League basement boys Sheffield United since their first-leg win, shedding their three different video games, with their two objectives in opposition to the Blades the one match by which they’ve managed to attain.
The important thing stats
Since his Borussia Dortmund facet have been overwhelmed by Bayern Munich within the 2012-13 Champions League ultimate, Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten in his three video games in opposition to German opponents within the competitors (W2 D1), with all three of these fixtures coming within the Spherical of 16.
Liverpool would be the third English opponent RB Leipzig have confronted away from dwelling within the Champions League because the begin of final season (additionally Spurs and Man Utd), whereas they suffered their heaviest defeat in European competitors in opposition to Man Utd at Outdated Trafford again in October (0-5).
This would be the twenty first time Liverpool have hosted German opposition throughout all European competitions, whereas they’re unbeaten within the earlier 20 (W16 D4), scoring 52 objectives and conceding simply 9 in return.
PSG vs Barcelona (agg 4-1), Wednesday, 8pm
PSG will as soon as once more be with out Neymar, who is constant to get better from a thigh harm sustained final month. Juan Bernat continues to be sidelined, whereas Moise Kean stays in self-isolation resulting from coronavirus.
Barcelona proceed to have a string of gamers absent via harm. Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Philippe Coutinho, Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati will all miss the decider.
What occurred final time?
In an unbelievable first-leg encounter, Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick impressed final season’s Champions League finalists PSG to an emphatic victory.
Lionel Messi gave Barca the lead from the penalty spot after Frenkie de Jong had his heels clipped by Layvin Kurzawa earlier than Mbappe responded 5 minutes later for the guests. After the break, Mbappe accomplished his hat-trick with Moise Kean scoring PSG’s third objective in between his team-mate’s second-half strikes.
It leaves Barca requiring one other appreciable comeback heading into the second leg on Wednesday, 4 years on from the perimeters’ memorable last-16 conflict by which the La Liga staff recovered from a 4-0 first-leg loss in France by profitable the second 6-1 on the Nou Camp.
Barcelona are but to concede a objective away from dwelling within the Champions League this season (three video games), however following defeats in opposition to Juventus and PSG of their final two video games within the competitors, face the prospect of shedding three in a row within the European Cup/Champions League for the primary time within the membership’s historical past.
What’s occurred since?
Barcelona are unbeaten since their defeat on the Nou Camp. It was adopted by a disappointing draw in opposition to Cadiz in La Liga, however they’ve gained all 4 video games since. This run additionally included a comeback within the Copa del Rey, ultimately knocking out Sevilla.
PSG adopted their excellent Champions League victory with a 2-0 defeat to Monaco in Ligue 1, however have gained and stored clear sheets of their final three video games, scoring eight objectives.
The important thing stats
PSG have gained two of their final three video games in opposition to Barcelona within the Champions League (L1), as many victories as they managed in opposition to the Catalan facet of their first eight conferences within the competitors (W2 D3 L3).
Within the historical past of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, no staff has ever progressed from a knockout tie over two legs after shedding the primary leg at dwelling by a margin of three objectives.
This would be the first UEFA Champions League assembly between PSG and Barcelona on the Parc des Princes since February 2017, when the house facet recorded a 4-0 victory. This stays PSG’s greatest margin of victory in a house knockout sport within the UEFA Champions League, whereas it is also Barcelona’s joint-heaviest defeat in a knockout sport away from dwelling within the competitors (additionally 0-4 v Liverpool in Could 2019 and v Bayern in April 2013).
Barcelona have solely gained one in every of their final 9 away video games within the knockout levels of the Champions League (D3 L5), beating Manchester United 1-0 in April 2019. They’ve scored simply three objectives in whole throughout these 9 video games, whereas failing to attain in any respect in six of them.
Champions League key dates
Spherical of 16 second legs: March 9/10/16/17
Quarter-final and semi-final attracts: March 19
Quarter-finals first legs: April 6/7
Quarter-finals second legs: April 13/14
Semi-finals first legs: April 27/28
Semi-finals second legs: Could 4/5
Ultimate: Could 29 (Atatürk Olympic Stadium)
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