Three former European champions play for a quarter-final place, with at least one set to be disappointed.
Clash of titans
The Bundesliga side travel to Madrid needing to score at least once after a 1-1 draw in Munich two weeks ago gave the Spanish club the edge in this meeting of former European champions. Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld admitted: "We are aiming to qualify but we are not the favourites." Madrid trainer Carlos Queiroz, meanwhile, is counting on captain Raúl González to make up for the absence of the injured Ronaldo. "With Raúl we are just as dangerous," he declared.
'Nothing to lose'
In Italy, Milan must win their home game against Sparta but Rossoneri coach Carlo Ancelotti is confident the Serie A leaders can translate their fine domestic form into Champions League victories. Sparta have never beaten Milan in five attempts and coach Jirí Kotrba said: "We do not expect anything from this match but we have nothing to lose."
FC Lokomotiv Moskva coach Yuri Semin considers their second-leg match against AS Monaco FC as "the most important game in Lokomotiv's history" - downplaying the advantage brought by the Russian side's 2-1 victory in Moscow. Surprisingly, his opposite number, Didier Deschamps, insists the Ligue 1 leaders will play defensively. "We have to try to keep a clean sheet," he said.
Arsenal FC are in a strong position following their 3-2 victory on Spanish soil against RC Celta de Vigo. The Spanish side's coach, Radomir Antic, acknowledged the tough task facing his charges when he said: "We realise what our situation is but we are going to try and put it to one side and enjoy this important game."
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