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Matchday Live learns its lesson

UEFA.com's Matchday Live returns having learned its lessons from this time last season and with interviews with the likes of Cesc Fàbregas, Philipp Lahm and Diego Costa.
 
 
Published: Monday 10 March 2014, 9.05CET

Matchday Live learns its lesson

UEFA.com's Matchday Live returns having learned its lessons from this time last season and with interviews with the likes of Cesc Fàbregas, Philipp Lahm and Diego Costa.

UEFA Champions League Matchday Live is back for the first set of round of 16 second legs, with pre-match interviews, live commentaries and expert analysis in store on Tuesday and Wednesday.

First things first, a big thanks to Martyn Hindley for stepping in to present last time out – myself (Tuesday) and Chris Parrott (Wednesday) will share the role this week.

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Arsenal came close last season

In the 2012/13 campaign, we made the decision not to have Arsenal FC's last-16 second leg at FC Bayern München as our featured commentary. It was a decision based on their 3-1 first-leg defeat, though Arsène Wenger's side so nearly left us with egg on faces as they won 2-0 in Germany and exited only on away goals. We have learned our lesson and will have full match coverage from Munich on Tuesday. That same show will also include updates from the Spanish capital, where Club Atlético de Madrid welcome AC Milan with a 1-0 first-leg advantage.

On Wednesday we carry interviews with Cesc Fàbregas and Vincent Kompany ahead of full match coverage of FC Barcelona against Manchester City FC. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, meanwhile, will be providing us with his insight ahead of Laurent Blanc's team's second leg against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, whom they lead 4-0.

Following on from one of our latest UEFA Champions League blogs, we want to know who you think is the best player never to have won the UEFA Champions League. UEFA.com's Tom Kell feels the likes of Ronaldo, Fabio Cannavaro and Zlatan Ibrahimović are certainly in that category. Let us know your thoughts on Twitter using #matchdaylive.

Also this week, we hear from Philipp Lahm, Diego Costa and Cristián Zapata, while European football experts Andy Brassell (Tuesday) and Paul Saffer (Wednesday) join us to offer their opinion on the panel.

Our comprehensive UEFA Champions League coverage begins at 19.30CET (Tuesday and Wednesday) via the UEFA.com MatchCentre.

The opinions expressed here are the writer's own and not those of UEFA.

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