City, United, Liverpool and Spurs will all be looking to get a boot in the quarter-finals when the action kicks off on BT Sport
From Tuesday 12 February, BT Sport
The footballing wheat has been separated from the footballing chaff in the UEFA Champions League, with the continent’s elite preparing for battle in the last 16 – live and exclusive on BT Sport.
With four Premier League clubs left in the competition, hopes are high that there will be a big English presence in the quarter-finals. But the reality could be very different. As tough opposition await both Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Tottenham, you can be sure there’s plenty of drama to come.
Before the action gets under way, take a closer look at the big matches heading to the box this February…
Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain
Tuesday 12 February, 6.30pm, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)
The biggest test of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s United reign so far comes in the form of gilded French titans PSG. A couple of months ago this would have been a walkover for Neymar and the (multi-million pound) lads, but the Red Devils have been far more potent since José Mourinho checked out of Manchester’s Lowry Hotel. Can United’s revival continue on the biggest stage of all? In Solskjær they’ve got a manager who certainly knows a thing or two about succeeding in this tournament…
Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund
Wednesday 13 February, 7pm, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)
Poor old Spurs. It took a monumental effort to even reach the last 16, and now they have to face in-form Borussia Dortmund. Managed by Lucien Favre, the Germans currently top the Bundesliga table and conceded just twice on the way to topping Group A in this competition. Eesh. What’s worse for Tottenham is that they could be without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min for the first leg. Still, this is Spurs we’re talking about. If they can qualify from a group containing both Barcelona and Inter Milan, they’re in with a shout of reaching the quarters.
Liverpool v Bayern Munich
Tuesday 19 February, 7pm, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)
A blockbuster tie if ever there was one. In one corner you’ve got Liverpool, arguably the best team in Europe right now. In the other is Bayern Munich, who have reached at least the semi-finals of this competition in six of the last seven seasons. A pivotal factor in this epic showdown could be the absence of Bayern talisman Thomas Müller. The German international is banned for both legs, giving Liverpool a big advantage. But when you’ve got Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané banging in the goals, do you even need a boost?
Schalke 04 v Manchester City
Wednesday 20 February, 7pm, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)
While Pep’s boys are flying high domestically, the same can’t be said for their last-16 opponents. Lingering close to the bottom of the table, Schalke are having a shocker in the Bundesliga. Which all points to a comfortable City win, right? Don’t be so sure. Despite only scoring six goals in the group stage, the Germans had the second best defensive record in the last round, conceding just four times. If anything, this could be a tie in which the Premier League champions may have to show their stubborn side and grind out an aggregate win.
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