Benfica and Villarreal have exceeded expectations by reaching the UCL quarterfinals. Both clubs are unlikely to move forward against Liverpool and Bayen Munich respectively. The two other match ups highlight the global English vs Spanish clubs rivalry; last year’s finalists Chelsea and Man City take on Spanish titans Real Madrid and hopefuls Atletico Madrid.
On Monday, Benfica, Liverpool, Villarreal and Bayern Munich head coaches each took the stand along with one squad player to discuss the upcoming UCL matches:
️ Nélson Veríssimo na antevisão ao #SLBLIV: "Amanhã vamos contar com o 12.º jogador no estádio que vai incentivar a nossa equipa para uma grande noite europeia".#EPluribusUnum #SLBLIV #UCL pic.twitter.com/gjbakC4g1N— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) April 4, 2022
PRESS CONFERENCE— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) April 4, 2022
️ Marcos Llorente:
❝The team has ambition, we know it's an important match against a very difficult opponent❞ pic.twitter.com/H8TQY4xhDx
If you missed it, it is worth going back to read NMA’s UCL MD-9 Preview. My fellow author and UCL expert Sraxan has also given us his insights on MD-9 player picks, and Dhivakhar shared his plan for tackling the tricky upcoming MD-9.
This is just a reminder that fantasy managers are allowed five free transfers ahead of MD-9. Also fantasy managers can now include five players in their squad from each club.
Crazy Monday - Injury/suspension updates
Here are the latest injury / suspension updates:
The Portuguese club has no injury concerns. There are seven players in danger of suspension if booked in the first leg: Grimaldo, João Mário, Otamendi, Gonçalo Ramos, Rafa Silva, Weigl, Yaremchuk
The visitors have no injury worries either. Two forwards, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane, will be suspended if booked.
The Citizens are without Ruben Dias, Palmer due to injury as well as Kyle Walker for suspension. Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus will miss the return leg due to suspension if booked.
The injury list of the capital club has shortened considerably since the round of 16, now including only Gimenez while Carrasco will serve his suspension and return for the second leg. João Félix, Héctor Herrera, Kondogbia, Llorente, Reinildo, Suárez are all in danger of missing the return leg if booked.
Alphonso Davies’ heart condition will keep him sidelined along with Choupo-Moting. Tolisso is doubtful with a muscular injury. Lucas Hernandez is the only player in danger of missing the return leg if booked.
The yellow submarines enjoy a clean bill of health ahead of the first leg with only Chukwueze doubtful. Alberto Moreno, Parejo and Rulli are one booking away from suspension.
Ben Chilwell is the only player confirmed to miss the clash with Real Madrid. Hudson-Odoi and Christensen are both doubtful. Loftus-Cheek is in danger of facing suspension if booked.
Eden Hazard, Isco and Jovic make up the injury list for the Spanish royal club. Eder Militao is one booking away from suspension.
How’s your team faring? We have five free transfers this time. Do you have any tactical questions? Do you have a captain candidate for both game-days? Which matches do you plan / wish to watch as a fan? Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!