Rob Daly
Rob Daly

Anticipation grows for Matchday Live

Monday 17 March 2014, 9.01CET
Tune in to UEFA.com's Matchday Live for live commentary on Tuesday and Wednesday, with expert summary supplemented by big-name interviews.
Published: Monday 17 March 2014, 9.01CET

Anticipation grows for Matchday Live

Tune in to UEFA.com's Matchday Live for live commentary on Tuesday and Wednesday, with expert summary supplemented by big-name interviews.

The lineup for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals is halfway complete, with four places up for grabs to join FC Bayern München, Club Atlético de Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona in the last eight. Thanks to our panel show Matchday Live on UEFA.com, you can stay abreast of all the action.

In the build-up to Tuesday's live commentary between Chelsea FC and Galatasaray AŞ, poised at 1-1 after the first leg, we have an exclusive interview with Ruud Gullit. I caught up with the former Blues manager on the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour presented by Heineken in Lagos, Nigeria, and he believes José Mourinho's side will advance.

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Chelsea v Galatasaray tops Tuesday's bill

"They're built to do it," he said. "They have the strength to do it. I also think they have the strength to beat Bayern. Chelsea have improved. They're not always that spectacular but they are very efficient and play to their strengths. They're hard to beat defensively and that is very important for any team."

Tune in to Matchday Live to hear more from Gullit on why he thinks Chelsea can win not only their round of 16 tie, but the UEFA Champions League as a whole this season. We will also have updates from Real Madrid CF v FC Schalke 04, with the Spanish nine-time European champions already 6-1 up after the first leg in Gelsenkirchen.

Wednesday's show gives us a thrilling main commentary at Old Trafford as Manchester United FC seek to overturn their 2-0 first-leg defeat against Olympiacos FC. David de Gea outlines the task in a pre-match interview.

We also hear from Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of live updates from Germany, where Borussia Dortmund will continue their bid to go one better than last season's runners-up spot. They look likely to progress after they won 4-2 away to an FC Zenit side now facing up to life without Luciano Spalletti, following the Italian coach's departure last week.

This week's shows feature further interviews with Didier Drogba, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jesé, while European football experts Andy Brassell (Tuesday) and Paul Saffer (Wednesday) join us to offer their insights on the panel.

Our comprehensive UEFA Champions League coverage begins at 19.30CET on 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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