It’s another busy week in the Champions League with the remaining games of the last 16 taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Who will make it to the quarter-finals?

Man City against Borussia Mönchengladbach (agg 2-0), Tuesday 8 p.m.

The Premier League leaders have a two-goal lead over their Bundesliga opponents ahead of their home game in Budapest, but Pep Guardiola won’t take anything for granted in a competition that has sparked some unwanted surprises for his side over the years.

Team news

The City boss rested a number of key men against Fulham over the weekend, including Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan, while Raheem Sterling was banned from the squad at Craven Cottage. Expect him to get strong here.

What happened the last time

The first leg of this game – also played in Budapest – was a one-sided affair in which City Gladbach was able to keep Jesus at a distance after goals from Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus.

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Bernardo Silva opened the gate for Man City against Gladbach

What has happened since then?

City’s run of 21 straight wins ended in the derby loss to Manchester United, but since then they have shown this to be a slip-up with big wins against Southampton and Fulham.

Gladbach, who is so poor in the first leg, has had a sad series of results behind him. Since then he has also lost all four games and fell into the lower half of the Bundesliga after coach Marco Rose left for Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

Key statistics

  • Manchester City are unbeaten in their five UEFA Champions League games against Borussia Mönchengladbach (W4 D1), scoring at least two goals in each of their four wins.
  • Since Borussia Mönchengladbach beat Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 and 4-0 in consecutive Champions League games in the group stage, they have lost three times in a row and have not scored a goal in the last two games.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 19 goals in 28 Champions League games during Pep Guardiola’s time. If he finds the net in this game, he would be level with Thomas Muller, 20, leaving only Lionel Messi, 43, behind under Guardiola for most goals scored in the competition.

Real Madrid against Atalanta (agg 1-0), Tuesday 8 p.m.


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Ferland Mendy scored the winner for Real Madrid against Atalanta

Real Madrid are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in three seasons, having hit that hurdle in each of the previous two games. After the 1-0 win in the first leg in Italy, however, it is well placed to hold out against Atalanta.

The Serie A team – quarter-finalists for the last time – was reduced to 10 men in this game. With odds, Gian Piero Gasperini’s entertaining side will be confident of scoring the away goal that could cause nervousness at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Team news

Madrid are likely to be without Marcelo, Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola and Mariano Diaz due to injuries, while midfielder Casemiro is also suspended for the case.

Big news for Madrid, however, was legendary captain Sergio Ramos’ return to fitness for the weekend win over Elche. The 34-year-old defender is expected to take the lead again.

Remo Freuler will no longer be available for Atalanta after his red card in the first leg. You could turn to Mario Pasalic who was left out for this but scored twice over the weekend.

What happened the last time

Atalanta was good value for money for a Bergamo result, but the Italian side got a stab in the tail when the 13-time European champions scored late. With Ferland Mendy’s goal in the 86th minute, Madrid are well positioned for the second leg.

What has happened since then?

Zinedine Zidane’s side have remained undefeated since then, but only thanks to that enduring talent for late goals. Vinicius equalized against Real Sociedad in the 89th minute, while Karim Benzema equalized in the 88th minute against Atletico Madrid in the derby.

The French striker had to score twice too late to play against Elche. Atalanta are hoping to score the first goal – something they have scored ten goals in three of their four games since the first leg.

Key statistics

  • Real Madrid have won the first leg away from home after eight of the last nine knockout games in the Champions League. The only time they have been eliminated in that run came precisely at that point in 2019, when they were beaten 4-1 by Ajax.
  • In fact, Real Madrid have not recorded any wins in the last four home games in the knockout phase of the Champions League, including defeats in the last two games. You have never lost three home games in a row in the knockout matches of the European Cup or the Champions League.
  • Atalanta currently has the longest away wins of any team in the Champions League after winning the previous five. You have scored 14 goals and conceded four goals in those five games.

Chelsea versus Atletico Madrid (agg 1-0), Wednesday 8pm

Olivier Giroud scores with an overhead kick against Atletico Madrid
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Olivier Giroud hit Atletico Madrid with an overhead kick

Olivier Giroud’s spectacular overhead kick separated the teams in Bucharest and gave Chelsea a valuable one-goal advantage over Atletico Madrid on the way back to Stamford Bridge.

But Diego Simeone’s side are leaders in the league for a reason and make dangerous opponents on English soil – as Premier League champions Liverpool found out last year.

Team news

Chelsea are likely to do without Tammy Abraham and Thiago Silva again due to injury, but the bigger problem for Thomas Tuchel is likely his suspended midfield duo.

Mason Mount and Jorginho were both booked in the first leg and are unavailable at Stamford Bridge, leaving Chelsea to rely on N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.

Atletico had to do without key players Jose Gimenez and Yannick Carrasco in the first leg due to an injury, but both are now fully fit and able to play.

England international Kieran Trippier was also absent from the first game when he was banned for breaking the betting rules. However, it is also expected to start.

What happened the last time

Atletico were the usual uncomfortable selves in the first encounter but struggled to get a lot going in the last third of the field and Chelsea were the deserved winner. Tuchel’s team was usually solid in the background, producing that one moment of the magic of the game through Giroud.

What has happened since then?

Tuchel is still unbeaten as Chelsea manager after arriving in late January. In fact, his team hasn’t even conceded since the first leg, beating Liverpool in that run at Anfield.

Atletico are also unbeaten, but they were a little less convincing. They were disappointed to receive a late equalizer in the Madrid derby and suffered a goalless draw with Getafe at the weekend as their influence on the Spanish title waned.

Key statistics

  • Atletico Madrid have lost three UEFA Champions League games against Chelsea against opponents Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
  • In their history in European competition, Chelsea have never been eliminated in a two-legged knockout match after winning the first leg away (advanced out of all 13).
  • Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has scored an average of every 38 minutes this season in the UEFA Champions League. This is the best ratio in a season where a player has played at least 200 minutes in the history of the competition that season.

Bayern Munich against Lazio (Agg 4-1), Wednesday 8 p.m.

Robert Lewandowski celebrates against Lazio after the start for Bayern Munich
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Robert Lewandowski celebrates after the opening of the game against Lazio

The reigning European champions were in great shape in the first leg and almost secured their place in the quarter-finals, apart from an incredible comeback from Lazio.

Team news

Bayern are left without Corentin Tolisso, Douglas Costa and Tanguy Nianzou due to injury and are unlikely to risk David Alaba after missing the weekend game in one fell swoop.

Lazio, whose focus has been shifted to domestic affairs, could rest their own players for the trip to Munich and will be without Manuel Lazzari and Luis Felipe due to injuries.

What happened the last time

Bayern overwhelmed their Italian opponents at the Stadio Olimpico with goals from Robert Lewandowski, Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane in the first half. When Francesco Acerbi ran through his own network shortly after the break, a router looked likely, but Joaquin Correa pulled one back.

What has happened since then?

Lazio’s defeat was followed by two more losses to Bologna and Juventus – the worst results of the season – but a late win against Crotone meant a return to form.

Bayern roll on tirelessly, place five in Cologne, meet Borussia Dortmund four times in the classic and then win 3-1 against Werder Bremen.

Key statistics

  • Bayern Munich welcomes Lazio for the first time in European competition. None of the last 21 teams that play for the first time in the European Cup or in the Champions League against Bayern away has won (W20 D1).
  • Lazio have won only one of their last 15 away games in the Champions League (D5 L9) and have no win in the last eight games of that run (D4 L4). Their last away win in the competition was in September 2003 when they won 2-0 away in the group stage at Besiktas.
  • No team in the history of the European Cup or Champions League has ever reached the round of 16 after losing the first leg at home by three or more goals – prior to this season there have been 88 cases where all 88 teams have been eliminated.

Key dates of the Champions League

Quarter-finals and semi-finals draws: 19th March

Quarter-finals first leg: 6./7. April

Quarter-finals second leg: 13./14. April

Semi-finals first leg: 27./28. April

Semi-finals second legs: 4th / 5th May

Final: May 29 (Ataturk Olympic Stadium)