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Champions League last 16 ties live on Ten Sports
MUMBAI: The round of 16 at this week’s UEFA Champions League serves up some spectacular clashes of teams and personalities, and it will be live and exclusive only on Ten Sports, the most watched sports channel in the Sub-continent.

The two live matches scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, and Thursday, February 26, are Inter Milan versus Manchester United in Milan and Real Madrid hosting Liverpool respectively. Both matches start just after midnight, at 12:30 am IST.

The Inter-United match will be followed by slightly delayed telecast of the Arsenal against AS Roma, while Chelsea will take on Juventus immediately at the end of the Real-Liverpool match. Both matches will start at 3:15 am IST.

Manchester United, the defending champions and English Premier League leaders, face Serie A leaders Inter Milan in one of the most eagerly anticipated match of the tournament. The two sides last met in the quarter-finals stage in 1999, when Sir Alex Ferguson’s United won 3-1 on aggregate with a 2-0 win at home.

What makes the tie even more interesting is that it will pit Sir Alex against the charismatic Jose Mourinho, the new Inter coach who has already won the title once with Porto, and lost only once in 10 matches when he was manager of Chelsea.

On Wednesday, Real Madrid host Liverpool in the Spanish capital in the first competitive meeting of two of Europe’s powerhouse clubs since the 1981 final.

Liverpool is one of the most successful clubs in Champions League in recent times, and manager Rafael Benitez will hope for good news after their English Premier League chances have taken a beating lately.

Benitez will be praying his inspirational midfielder Steven Gerrard, their top scorer this season with five goals, recovers from a hamstring injury in time.

Since beating Real in the 1981 European Cup final, Liverpool have played 28 matches against Spanish teams and won only six. But their recent away record in Spain is excellent. They have lost only one of six Champions League away games and won three of the last four.

Group leaders Roma, who lost their previous two quarter-finals on English soil (both to United), will seek a change of fortune against Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s men are on a 22-match unbeaten run at home in Champions League, but are stuttering a bit recently with four successive draws in the Premier League, which has dropped them down to fifth in the table.

Chelsea and Juventus are two teams with outstanding Champions League home records, and it is time for Juventus to travel first. Juve coach Claudio Ranieri is at his old club Chelsea, the club he managed for four years from 2000 and guided to their first semi-final in the competition in 2003/04. Chelsea then reached the last four three times in the next four seasons. They have extended their unbeaten home run in the Champions League to 15 matches, winning twelve and drawing three.

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