Illustration photo – Premier League match Manchester City – Tottenham. Riyad Mahriz (left) is pictured in Manchester on January 19, 2023.
Prague – The last two opening round of 16 matches will be played today in the Champions League. The biggest favorite for the first place in the competition, Manchester City, will present itself in Leipzig, and the conqueror of Pilsen from the Inter Milan group will welcome Porto. Among other things, the match will be a duel between former teammates and now coaches Simone Inzaghi and Sérgio Conceicao. In addition, the Portuguese coach will challenge his former club.
Photogallery: Football Champions League 2022/23
Manchester City faced Leipzig the year before in the Champions League group. While he won 6:3 at home, he lost 1:2 away. The reigning English champions in UEFA competitions have lost only one of their last 17 matches against German teams.
Inter Milan coach Inzaghi and Porta Conceicao coach played together in the past for Lazio Rome, and now they face each other. The second team of the Italian league, which defeated Pilsen twice in the group, is a slight favorite to progress. Milan will be aiming for their first appearance in the quarter-finals since 2011.
Both matches kick-off at 21:00.
Interesting things before Wednesday's opening matches of the round of 16 of the Football League masters:
Inter Milan – FC Porto
Kick-off: Wednesday 22 February, 21:00.
Referee: Jovanovič – Stojkovič, Mihajlovič (all Serbian) – Dankert (video , Germany)
Balance: 4 2-1-1 6:4.
– the teams met 4 times in 2005 and Inter lost only match
– Inter won both home matches against Porto
– Inter are unbeaten in 10 home matches against Portuguese opponents in UEFA competitions (9 wins)
– Porto have lost only one of their last 7 cup matches against Italian teams
– Porto are winless in their last 5 duels on Italian soil
– Inter will be aiming for their first Champions League quarter-final since 2011 , eliminated in 5 of the last 7 round of 16
– Porto succeeded in the last 2 round of 16 of the Champions League (eliminating the Italian club both times) and advanced to the quarter-finals in 2 of the last 4 seasons
– Inter finished second in the group with 2 losses out of 6 matches, beating Pilsen twice
– Porto lost the first 2 group matches, but then won 4 times in a row
– Inter lost only one of the last 13 competitive matches
– Inter lost only one of the last 12 home duels
– Porto have not lost 22 times in a row since October 21st and have won their last 10 duels
– Porto have not lost 15 times in a row away from home since September 7th and have not conceded in 6 of their last 7 matches there
– both teams are 2nd in their domestic leagues
– coaches S. Inzaghi (Inter) and Conceicao (Porto) were teammates at Lazio Rome
– Conceicao played for Inter between 2001 and 2003
RB Leipzig – Manchester City
Kick-off: Wednesday, February 22, 21:00.
Referee: Gözübüyük – Zeinstra, Balder – Van Boekel (video, all Dutch).
Balance: 2 1-0-1 7:5.
– the teams have only met twice in UEFA competitions the year before last in the Champions League group, first City won 6:3, Leipzig won 2:1 in the second leg
– Leipzig have lost 3 of their last 4 matches against English opponents
– Leipzig have won all 3 home matches against English teams
– City have lost just one of their last 17 matches against German teams in UEFA competitions
– City played another German club Dortmund at home in the group they won 2:1 and drew 0:0 away from home
– Leipzig will play in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the third time in the last 4 seasons, they only made it past the round of 16 in the 2019/20 season
– City will aim for a sixth consecutive Champions League quarter-final stage
– Leipzig lost their opening 2 group games but then won 4 times in a row
– City are unbeaten in 6 group games (of which 4 victory)
– Leipzig have lost just one of their last 20 competitive games
– City have lost just one of their last 7 competitive games, but only drew in the English league at Nottingham at the weekend
– City have won only one of their last 5 away competitive matches
– Leipzig are fifth in the German league table, City are 2nd in the Premier League
– Mahriz (City) today sla knows
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