Champions League

Champions League kicks into overdrive

2015-02-16 13:57
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AFP)

Cape Town -Europe’s top clubs can take a step closer to continental glory with the return of the UEFA Champions League this week with a number of tasty ties on a lavish menu of fixtures.

French giants Paris St Germain host English league leaders Chelsea in the first leg of their second round tie on Tuesday in a match-up dubbed the “Battle of the Egos” between striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

PSG will have revenge on their minds after they were knocked out of the competition on the away goals rule by Chelsea last season following a quarterfinal tie that finished in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Expect much the same entertainment out of this one – on and off the pitch.

Bayern Munich had made a slow start to 2015 before this past weekend’s 8-0 hammering of Hamburg in the German Bundesliga and they now take that rich scoring form to the Ukraine where they meet Shakhtar Donetsk.

The German giants will hold a distinct advantage as the winter break in Ukraine means their opponents have not played a competitive fixture in over two months.

Another German side faces a much more daunting task on Wednesday night when Schalke host defending champions Real Madrid.

These two sides met at the same stage last season with Real sauntering to a 9-2 aggregate win, which included a 6-1 victory in Germany.

Schalke will hope to have learned much from that tie, but that will not necessarily make their task any easier.

Swiss side Basle are romping to the league crown in their domestic championship and host the second-placed side in the Portuguese Primeria Liga, FC Porto.

Basle are a much-improved side this season under their Portuguese manager Paulo Sousa, who will relish this tie having been a star player with Porto’s great domestic rivals Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.



PSG v Chelsea (SS3 at 21:00)

Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich (SS5, at 21: 40)


FC Schalke 04 v Real Madrid (SS3, 21:00)

Basel v FC Porto (SS5, 21:40)


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