Manchester City vs RB Leipzig: City Aim to Reach Sixth Consecutive Champions League Quarter Final
City’s Last-16 Tie in the Balance
Manchester City are aiming to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter finals for a sixth consecutive season, with the Premier League champions’ last-16 tie against RB Leipzig in the balance. Josko Gvardiol’s second-half header earned a 1-1 draw for the Bundesliga side in last month’s first leg, where Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring for City.
Guardiola’s Quest for Third Champions League Title
Pep Guardiola is still searching for his third Champions League title, after winning two in his first three seasons at Barcelona. City were beaten finalists when they lost 1-0 to Chelsea in 2021. Last season, they suffered a remarkable late collapse against eventual winners Real Madrid in the semifinals. This Champions League clash kicks off at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, March 14 at 8 p.m. local time.
How to Watch the Match
UK: This match will be broadcast live in the UK via BT Sports’ TV and streaming services.
USA: This match will be televised on UniMas and TUDN (Spanish) with both broadcasts streaming on fuboTV, which is available to new users on a free trial. Paramount+ and ViX+ will also stream the match for subscribers.
Canada: Every Champions League game this season is live streaming exclusively via DAZN in Canada.
CIty’s first-team squad trained with a clean bill of health on Monday. Kevin De Bruyne is expected to return to the starting lineup after being on the bench for Saturday’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace. Riyad Mahrez has only made one Premier League appearances from the bench since opening the scoring in Leipzig and is pushing for a place in the front three.
Leipzig’s Injury Woes
Christopher Nkunku scored a hat-trick when Leipzig lost 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium in last season’s group stage but the France international is set to miss out with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Xaver Schlager, goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi and centre-back Abdou Diallo are also sidelined. Illness swept through the Leipzig camp before their weekend game with Borussia Monchengladbach, although Timo Werner, Konrad Laimer, Dominik Szoboszlai and Lukas Klostermann were all involved in the matchday squad for a 3-0 win, with Werner opening the scoring.
Home Advantage for City
City have not lost a home knockout game in the Champions League on home turf since going down 2-1 to Liverpool in the quarter finals in 2018. Leipzig have been in excellent form on the road this term, although a 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund at the start of this month ended a nine-match unbeaten run away from home. City are likely to provide a similarly tall task for Marco Rose’s enterprising side.