Man City learn route to Champions League final with possible Juventus and Bayern showdowns

Man City learn route to Champions League final with possible Juventus and Bayern showdowns

Manchester City could face Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus if they get the job done against Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16. It could be Pep Guardiola’s last European adventure in charge of the club as they await the outcome of their UEFA ban appeal, which should come on Monday.

UEFA have confirmed that all outstanding second-leg ties from the Champions League and Europa League last 16 will be held at their original locations but behind closed doors.

That means City will play Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in August and should they be victorious, they will face the winner of Lyon and Juventus in the quarter-finals.

Juventus have work to do themselves though, having lost the first-leg 1-0 in France.

Beyond the quarter-finals, Guardiola could face a reunion with old friends at Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

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The Champions League has been on hold since Wednesday 11 March following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The newly devised format could mean it’s a year of the underdog though and both Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain will fancy their chances to reach the final.

Atletico face RB Leipzig, without Timo Werner, in the last eight while PSG face free-scoring Atalanta.

The Italians are this season’s dark horses having scored 85 goals in Serie A this season.

They have also won their last nine league matches and given that the Ligue 1 season was cancelled, they could look to capitalise on PSG’s rustiness to cause an upset.

Quarter-final draw

Manchester City or Real Madrid vs Lyon or Juventus

RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid

Napoli or Barcelona vs Bayern Munich or Chelsea

Atalanta vs PSG

Semi-final draw

Manchester City or Real Madrid/Lyon or Juventus vs Napoli or Barcelona/Bayern Munich or Chelsea

RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid vs Atalanta or PSG

Published at Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:44:00 +0000