The UEFA Champions League returns on Friday with the remaining places at the final tournament in Lisbon up for grabs as Europe’s top clubs look to go all the way and lift the trophy on August 23 after a suspension of five months because of the coronavirus. There are two matches slated for Friday.
Juventus v Lyon
(Friday 1900GMT; Lyon won first leg 1-0)
It is nearly six months since officials in Lyon questioned the decision to allow the first leg to go ahead as coronavirus cases took off in northern Italy.
Lucas Tousart’s goal gave Lyon a surprise 1-0 win on the night, but much has changed since then — for a start, Tousart is no longer at Lyon having signed for Hertha Berlin.
AFP had reported that The Old Lady have just won their ninth successive Serie A title, yet there are doubts about Maurizio Sarri’s side. Juve won just twice and lost four of their final eight league games, and in Europe, they may be reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo’s appetite for more Champions League success.
Manchester City v Real Madrid
(Friday 1900GMT; City won first leg 2-1)
Pep Guardiola’s City has already claimed one major European victory this summer after the club’s successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which saw their two-year Champions League ban overturned.
That means they are extra motivated to go on and win the trophy for the first time, even if Guardiola insists “this issue is over”.goal. com feels City is in the position to reach the quarter-finals after a 2-1 victory in Spain in the first leg when Kevin De Bruyne’s penalty won the game