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Monday, 20 Feb 2017 18:48 EATtmatalanga@kenyafreepress.com
Manchester City will welcome As Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League Knockout stages tomorrow. City are seeking to qualify for the quarter-finals of the club competition for the second season in a row and will be inspired by their semi-final exit in last season's tourney. However, Guardiola's charges have to get past French Les Monégasques at the Etihad stadium and away in France at the Stade Louis II.
Monaco are currently at the summit of the Ligue 1 table and are in good form despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Bastia on Saturday. Leonardo Jardim's charges were the winners of Group E which featured Tottenham, Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow.
The Cityzens on their part were held to a scoreless draw by championship side Huddersfield town in an FA Cup tie on Saturday. City midfielder Fernando believes a clean sheet will play a crucial role in his side's hopes of knocking out the French outfit from the competition. Speaking to mancity.com, the Brazilian said: "We know Monaco are a great team playing well in the league. It will be a difficult game but every game in the champions league is tough. It's important to score goals and not concede in order to get a good result to take to the second leg."
Atletico Madrid will travel away to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen in the second tie of Tuesday's Champions League matches. The German outfit is facing the Spanish side at the same stage of the competition for only the second time in three seasons. Both sides won their respective home matches in their previous meeting in 2015 with narrow 1-0 margins but it is Los RojiBlancos who outwitted Leverkusen in a thrilling penalty shootout.
Leverkusen will be hoping to make their home advantage count by securing a result that will highly favor them come the second leg in Madrid. However they will need to get past Diego Simeoni's charges who have been to two finals of the last three Champions League editions.
Both sides registered comfortable results in their respective leagues. Atletico comfortably beat Sporting Gijon 4-1 on Saturday while Leverkusen beat FC Augsburg 3-1 on Friday.
All the four clubs will be seeking to register favourable results for their respective second legs of the knockout stages. Football fans should expect exhilarating and exciting soccer matches tomorrow.
Matalanga is a student of journalism at the East Africa School of Media Studies and an intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.