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Champions League preview- Manchester United head to Real Madrid, whilst Celtic look to make history again against Juventus

 

Whilst this years knockout stages in the Champions League may be notable for the absence of defending champions Chelsea for the first time in the competition's history, the sixteen sides left in the competition will by no means be thinking that makes things any easier.

With a new champion guaranteed already, there are several European heavyweights who will be looking to make it to Wembley, and several mouth watering ties to look forward to.

For the British sides, the fight starts tomorrow with Scottish champions Celtic hoping to gain a positive result against Italian giants Juventus. They will no doubt be buoyed by the heroics that saw them defeat Barcelona at home in the group stages, and will be optimistic of achieving a similar feat against Juventus. 

Elsewhere, super rich PSG travel to Spain to face Valencia, in what is sure to be a closely fought contest over both legs, with both sides going great guns in their respective domestic leagues.

Wednesday sees the tie of the week when Real Madrid will be looking to put their faltering league challenge aside against manchester United and show they're still amongst Europe's elite.

Much has been made of this encounter, with many looking forward to seeing Sir Alex Ferguson rekindle his rivalry with Jose Mourinho from his days at Chelsea. And then there's the other 'Special One', Christiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo has talked a lot recently abot how much he learnt from his time at United, and from Ferguson in particular, but do not be surprised if he ends up being the difference between the two sides over two legs.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday German champions Borrisia Dortmund face the always tricky away trip to Shakhtar Donetsk.
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