The largest annual athletic competition on the planet returns on Friday as two of the eight spots in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals will be filled. The schedule starts at 3:00 p.m. ET and will air live on CBS Sports Network and CBS All Access. Juventus faces Lyon and Manchester City faces Real Madrid, both in the second leg.
The competition changes format after being halted for Covid-19, as four clubs have already qualified to head to the quarterfinals, now being held in Lisbon as a single match instead of as a home-and-away two-legged tie: Italy’s Atalanta, French champions Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig from Germany, and Atlético Madrid from Spain.
They’ll be joined by four more clubs over the next two days, with teams playing the second match of ties that began more than four months ago, but that were stopped before the return leg began.
Manchester City might have been blown out by Liverpool for the English Premier League title, but they’re still in the mix for the top prize in European football. Pep Guardiola brings the Citizens to battle against his hated rival from his time as both a player and manager at Barcelona. With stars such as Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, they’ll be favored to advance, but only due to their 2-1 win at Estadio Bernabeu in the first leg.
In the other match Serie A winners Juventus take on Champions League minnows Olympique Lyonnais, who finished seventh in Ligue 1 this season. Lyon fell to PSG in the domestic cup final on penalties as well, so this will be their only chance at a trophy. With stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gigi Buffon at home, the Turin club will be favorites to advance despite being down a goal at kickoff. A road goal will likely be needed for Lyon to advance, as it will force the home side to score at least three to go through.
Here are the odds for today’s UEFA Champions League action:
Manchester City: -137
Real Madrid: +320
Manchester City leads 2-1 on aggregate.
Lyon leads 1-0 on aggregate.
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