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Champions League knockout phase starts today (13) with City as favorites

After the end of the group stage, the knockout phase of the Champions League begins this Tuesday (13).

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With this, undefeated in the group stage of the Champions League, current champion Manchester City begins today (13) its path in the knockout stages of the competition to defend the title against Copenhagen-DIN, at the Parken Stadium.

“We know City are a very, very good team, but like Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Galatasaray (Copenhagen’s group stage opponents), their players are only human,” said coach Jacob Neestrup. from the Danish team.

Copenhagen, however, will face a City that is going through its best moment of the season. There are 13 games without losing, with ten consecutive victories, in addition to the return of their main players, who spent a period injured: Haaland and De Bruyne.

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Furthermore, this Tuesday Real Madrid, which also won all six group stage games, visits RB Leipzig. The leader of Espanyol arrives inspired by the performance of the Brazilian duo VinĂ­cius Junior and Rodrygo. But the absence of season sensation Jude Bellingham makes things a little more difficult. The Englishman suffered a sprained ankle.

On Wednesday (14), MbappĂ© and company’s Paris Saint-Germain will play against Real Sociedad, at Parque dos PrĂ­ncipes, still fighting to win their first continental title.

With this, Bayern and Arsenal also threaten Manchester City’s second title in the competition. The first, due to its star-studded squad and its tradition in the Champions League, despite experiencing a crisis with coach Thomas Tuchel, who is still in his position. 

And the second is due to the team’s recent performance, which has won four in a row. The most balanced clash in the round of 16 promises to be between Inter Milan, runner-up last season, and AtlĂ©tico de Madrid. Napoli and Barcelona should also have a more equal duel.

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