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Champions League QF 2nd Leg Preview Part 1

Done and dusted (almost). 

Man City vs. Liverpool (0-3)

After a woeful night at Anfield in the first leg the chances are slim of City making a comeback especially if Liverpool manage to get one or more away goals. 

City and Liverpool rested players in their weekend fixtures in the league but while Liverpool’s draw against Everton was inconsequential, City’s loss to United at the Etihad was another big blow to the team. The fact that City now need two more wins too seal the title will affect the players deeply and Liverpool will be raring to go at the Etihad. 

A solid defensive display is needed by Liverpool because even a 3 goal lead against City is not a guarantee of reaching the semi’s. City will have to come out and attack Liverpool and while they might manage to score goals, the need for those goals will leave City open at the back. 

It should be an exciting second leg between two rested sides but a City side reeling from two damaging defeats. 

Roma vs. Barcelona (1-4) 

Two own goals in Rome by Roma were damaging to their chances of reaching the semis. Barcelona were not brilliant and have ridden their luck at times in the Champions league this season. 

Roma lost to Fiorentina at the weekend, while Barcelona beat Leganes 3-1 at home via a Lionel Messi hattrick. 

Its seems an impossible task for Roma and similar to City they have nothing to lose and will have to attack Barcelona. Roma are capable of scoring against a suspect Barcelona team but Messi is major arrow in Barcelona’s quiver and they should be able to get a few goals on the counter. 

It could be a close game but Barcelona are almost certainly through to the semi’s. 


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