UEFA Champions League quarter-finals preview

UEFA Champions League quarter-finals preview

The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals are on back on our screen this Tuesday. 

Manchester City will face Bayern Munich tonight (8pm) at the Etihad in the first leg, which is expected to be the standout game of the night.

Pep Guardiola will face his former club Bayern for the first time since leaving to join City in 2016.

City would have faced Julian Nagelsmann, but the German club sacked him and appointed Thomas Tuchel, which adds another layer of intrigue.

Tuchel famously defeated Pep's City while managing Chelsea in the 2021 Champions League final.

In the other match, Inter Milan will host Benfica at the San Siro. Roger Schmidt's Benfica is undefeated in this year's competition, while Inter has had a mixed season.

Here's a full preview of tonight's two games.

Where are the games on?

Manchester City will play Bayern at the Etihad(Manchester) in the UEFA Champions League tonight.

Inter will play Benfica at the San Siro (Italy)

What time are they on?

All of the games are on at 8pm

What TV station are they on? 

You can watch Manchester City v Bayern Munich on RTE TWO and on BT Sport 1

You can watch Inter vs Benfica on BT Sport 2

Predicted lineups for the Champions League games

Manchester City potential starting lineup:
Ederson; Akanji, Ruben Dias, Ake; Stones, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland

Bayern Munich potential starting lineup:
Sommer; Pavard, De Ligt, Upamecano, Davies; Goretzka, Kimmich, Sane, Musiala, Coman; Muller

Benfica potential starting lineup:
Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Silva, Verissimo, Grimaldo; Luis, Chiquinho; Mario, Silva, Aursnes; Ramos

Inter Milan potential starting lineup:
Onana; D'Ambrosio, De Vrij, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Martinez, Dzeko

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrates scoring his 2nd goal during the UEFA Champions League  (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrates scoring his 2nd goal during the UEFA Champions League  (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Injury news and changes

Manchester City v Bayern Munich: Bernardo Silva may replace Riyad Mahrez, who played in both legs against Leipzig.

The back three is likely to remain unchanged, with John Stones playing in midfield instead of Kalvin Phillips.

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting will miss out due to a knee problem, leaving Bayern Munich without a natural centre forward. Serge Gnabry or Thomas Muller may play in that position, with Jamal Musiala moving further forward. Kingsley Coman may replace Sadio Mane on the left-hand side

Inter v Benfica

Goncalo Guedes is out due to a knee issue for Benfica, while Julian Draxler is also unavailable due to ankle surgery.

Nicolas Otamendi is suspended. Mihailo Ristic is likely to miss the game due to a hamstring issue.

Alex Grimaldo is expected to start on the left side of Benfica's defence.

Gilberto may replace Alexander Bah if he is sidelined. Andre Onana is expected to continue in goal. Milan Skriniar and Hakan Calhanoglu may not feature due to injury, and Federico Dimarco could replace Robin Gosens at left wing-back.

What have the managers said about the UEFA Champions League? 

Manchester City Pep Guardiola; "All games are so difficult," 

"Yesterday, it was the Masters. How many Masters has Jack Nicklaus played or majors has he played in his career, in 30-40 years as a golfer? How many wins out of 164? Eighteen wins.

"Wow. He loses more than he wins. That is sport. In football, in golf, in basketball.

"Michael Jordan, the best athlete for me in basketball, won six NBA titles out of 15 years. He loses more than he wins.

"What is important is to be here, compete well, do our best. No more than that."

Bayern Munich Thomas Tuchel: "I don’t think I can learn much from other games I’ve played against Pep.

“It’s unique what Pep does. We’ll try to find solutions but we’ll need a complete performance to create problems for City.

“We did not mention this (2021) final and we will not do it. That would feel very awkward for me. We focus now on our team

Inter Simone Inzaghi: “Benfica are an excellent team. Like Porto, they are dominating their league. It will be a match where there will be moments to be offensive and others defensive.

"Benfica will come at you, not always, but you have to play a game with a good head and heart.

Benfica: Roger Schmidt: "It's a very special game, also for the players. What I hope is that my players will be more motivated because it's a big game, but I also expect that of the Inter players.

"They will be ready, they will cause difficulties, and we have to find solutions and accept the history of the game.

"We have to try to play a good game tomorrow and in the second leg in Milan."