More Champions League knockout round action on Thursday, along with Tottenham’s Europa League second leg clash.
Two big guns hit the road, with Manchester City heading to Budapest for a matchup with Borussia Mönchengladbach. The English Premier League leaders City are atop the EPL table and rolling, while the German side are 8th in the Bundesliga with just one win in their last five.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid are off to Bergamo for a meeting with Atalanta, one of the more entertaining teams in last year’s competition. The hosts are currently 5th in Serie A, while the visitors are 2nd in La Liga.
There’s also a Europa League contest on Thursday, with Tottenham home to Austrian side Wolfsberger AC and the English side holding a 4-1 advantage from the first leg.
Tough times at the German club, with a poor run of form and the news that manager Marco Rose is off to Dortmund next season. Now they have to face arguably the hottest club in the world, Manchester City, who have won 18 games in a row and come with as close to a full strength squad as Pep Guardiola has had in awhile.
Real Madrid come into this one missing a few stars (Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema) but also on the back of four straight La Liga wins. Zinedine Zidane’s men weren’t great away from home in the group stage (a win, a draw, a loss) and this will be a tough assignment against a strong defensive squad that has kept a clean sheet against AC Milan and held Juventus and Inter to 1-1 draws.
Normally you’d expect a dour second leg affair here, but with the pressure on Jose “Still the best manager in the world” Mourinho, this might be more entertaining than you’d think. That said, we probably won’t see a goal fest.