Real Madrid are preparing a miracle performance at Anfield to overcome their 1-0 first-leg deficit against Liverpool to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals. Juventus, who host Chelsea, will also be seeking to erase a 1-0 deficit.
REUTERS - Liverpool, who won Europe's premier club competition for the fifth time in 2005, had a weekend off as they prepared to defend their 1-0 lead against nine-times winners Real Madrid at Anfield on Tuesday.
Real's rekindled Spanish title hopes suffered a setback on Saturday when a 1-1 draw with city rivals Atletico left them six points behind leaders Barcelona and once again exposed their defensive frailties, only poor finishing from Atletico denying the visitors a win at the Bernabeu.
Last season's runners-up Chelsea will fancy their chances of eliminating twice champions Juventus in Turin on Tuesday after a Didier Drogba goal gave them the edge in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
The Ivorian, who has scored three goals in his last four games, won praise from Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink for his work ethic, having fallen out with the Dutchman's predecessor Luiz Felipe Scolari over the same issue.
"From the first day when I have seen him, Drogba was a guy that was working hard," Hiddink said after Drogba scored in the 2-0 win at Coventry that put Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals.
While Chelsea will be boosted by the return of Michael Essien and Ricardo Carvalho, Juventus will sorely miss midfielder Mohammed Sissoko, who broke a foot in Saturday's 1-0 win over city foes Torino.
Bayern Munich are virtually assured of a berth in the last eight after a 5-0 first-leg win against Sporting in Lisbon.
Panathinaikos host Villarreal with the slender advantage of an away goal after a 1-1 draw against the 2006 semi-finalists in the first leg.
Date created : 2009-03-10