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UCL Preview: Juventus vs Lyon

The last three years of Maurizio Sarri’s career would suggest that he has gone from strength to strength, adapting to the modern trials of football, and that the Juventus team that he will field against Lyon are clear favourites, ready to put goal after goal past them. Lyon have several players missing as a result of injuries, key players have been sold and they currently sit in 7th place in Ligue 1, 15 points off of qualification for next years Champions League campaign. For Sarri and his players, this should be easy going. But Lyon manager Rudi Garcia will certainly come prepared.

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UCL Preview: Barcelona vs Napoli

Typically, progressing to the knockout stage of the Champions League is a sign that your club is headed in the right direction and things are fine. For both Napoli and Barcelona, it only delayed the inevitable. Both Carlo Ancelotti and Ernesto Valverde were sacked as a result of poor performance, disappointing standing in the league, bad football, any of the above, really. The usual reasons. Yet neither new manager really looks to be the person to take over for the long term. This is a match of two interims.

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UCL Preview: RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur, one of the oldest football clubs in the world, achieved their highest Champions League place finish in last season’s campaign, runners up to Liverpool. Before this, their biggest achievement was a semi-final knock out in the 1961/62 European Cup. More recently, however, a quarter final knock-out at the hands of Real Madrid in 2011 was the furthest they had ventured. History does not mean anything, however, as, Frustratingly for them, their opponent, 10 year old RB Leipzig maybe already look like the favourites. As Dewey from Malcolm in the Middle famously said, “the future is now, old man.”

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UCL Preview: Chelsea vs Bayern Munich

Two teams that regularly feature in the latter stages of European competitions, the shared history of both Chelsea and Bayern Munich is a short but storied one. Their 2020 fixtures will no doubt be played in the shadow of the 2012 Champions League final, the highest point of Chelsea’s history but a harrowing memory for any and all Bayern fans.

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