Midweek action: Mouth-watering clashes on the menu as the Champions League returns
Midweek action: Mouth-watering clashes on the menu as the Champions League returns
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Midweek action: Mouth-watering clashes on the menu as the Champions League returns

It promises to be an exciting week for football fans across the globe with the UEFA Champions League returning this week, coupled with exiting domestic games.

The Champions League knockout phase will see a total of four matches this week; two on Tuesday and the other two on Wednesday. 

The race for European football continues in the English Premier League with a key clash between Man United and Chelsea. 

Which are the key fixtures to look forward to this week?

Chelsea vs Manchester United - Monday

The race for a top-four finish will see Frank Lampard's Chelsea hosting Ole Gunnar's Man United at the Stamford Bridge. 

Solskjaer has already won twice against the Blues, but this clash will have a major bearing in the race for one of the four European spots up for grabs. 

A win for Lampard will see them open a nine-point gap over the Reds while a loss will see the lead reduced to three points. 

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool - Tuesday

Diego Simeone's charges host high-flying defending champions, Liverpool, in the first leg of the knockout phase at the same ground they won the trophy last season. 

Atletico drew 2-2 against Valencia on Saturday, while Liverpool picked a narrow 1-0 win over Norwich in the Premier League on the same day. 

Can Atletico stun a seemingly well-oiled Liverpool machine?

Borussia Dortmund vs Paris Saint Germain - Tuesday

One of the clashes to look out for on Tuesday. Borussia's young guns will be up against the Parisians, who strolled through the group stages scoring tons of goals. 

Both teams scored four goals in their domestic matches over the weekend, with Dortmund beating Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 on Friday night, while PSG were held to a 4-4 draw by Amiens. 

Some battles to look out for with both teams playing fluid football, expect an entertaining match.

Atalanta vs Valencia - Wednesday

Atalanta are fourth on the Serie A standings with 45 points and have won three of their last five league matches. 

Valencia topped their group ahead of Chelsea and Ajax in the group stages, and this promises to be a tight match between two well-balanced sides. 

Tottenham vs RB Leipzig - Wednesday

Jose Mourinho's side will be eager to pick a win at home against an RB Leipzig side that is flying high in the Bundesliga. 

Both teams picked key domestic wins over the weekend with Leipzig sinking Werder Bremen 3-0 at home while Spurs scored a goal deep in injury time to beat Aston Villa 3-2 on Saturday. 

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