After completing the first four finals in the Champions League last week, it is the other teams’ turn this week to prove they too can compete for the overall win in Saint Petersburg on May 28.
Chelsea – Lille
Before Ajax try to secure the Dutch Champions League title against Benfica on Wednesday, it will be the turn of two former Ajax players battling each other for a place in the quarter-finals. Defending champions Chelsea receive from Hakim Ziyech, French champion Lille or SC, with Sven Putman one of the defense strongholds.
Ziyech was last Saturday Chelsea match winner He scored the only goal in the London derby at Crystal Palace in the 89th minute. Chelsea are third in the Premier League, but Liverpool and Manchester City easily beat the best London team.
Lille played a disappointing draw against the low-flying Metz side on Friday night after a turbulent final stage. In any case, it’s not a very good season for the night, which was able to shake off the title prolongation very quickly. Coach Jocelyn Jorvinek’s team, who replaced the successful coach Christophe Galtier who left for Nice, finished 11th. They are already 23 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain. Lille still has a lot of work to do to enforce European football for next season, as only the top five clubs will enter Europe.
Villarreal – Juventus
At the same time as the ball begins to roll in London, the match between Villarreal and Juventus begins in eastern Spain. In sixth place in La Liga, eyes will be on Arno Danjuma Grünfeld. The 25-year-old striker was with him three strokesIncluding the penalty of the famous man against Granada.
Danjuma can communicate in Dutch with one of his guards on Tuesday night, as fellow international Matthijs de Ligt has been a constant value for some time at the back of Juventus. The old lady will want to avenge last Friday’s 1-1 draw in City derby vs Turin†
Atletico Madrid – Manchester United
Atlético Madrid, currently ranked fifth in Spain, is going through a very diverse season as the defending champion. Also in the Champions League, coach Diego Simeone’s team is not consistent: only in the last round was against FC Porto in A difficult duel with three red cards He earned a place in the eighth finals.
Opponent Manchester United will draw hope from the Champions League group stage. The manconion He started slow by losing to Swiss Young Boys, but then recovered with three wins and two draws, which was enough to win the set. In the Premier League, there’s also cautious reason to laugh about Ralf Rangnick’s side: Thanks to two successive victories, United are now fourth, but a significant role in the title fight they don’t have for the ninth season in line for the English record champion.
Benfica – Ajax
Finally, Ajax. The Dutch league leader will visit a Troubled Benfica† Where Ajax plays difficult matches like One against William II Last Saturday, Benfica gave up their 0-2 lead in the first leg against Boavista. Thus, the difference with league leaders FC Porto has already increased to 12 points.
Moreover, if Ajax wins, the whole of Dutch football will benefit, because Portugal is one of the main competitors in the UEFA coefficient list. This is the list that quantifies the number of teams each country may play in a European context. An Ajax win automatically gives Portugal any points, while the Netherlands, already having a particularly good season, is increasing more.
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