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The Champions League returns with the first two knock-out matches

The direct eliminations in the Champions League begin tomorrow with two matches. Manchester City will face Copenhagen, and Real Madrid will come up against RB Leipzig. The first pair represents the biggest gap in market values between two opponents left in the competition, with the Premier League side currently holding an estimate of €1.26 billion, while Copenhagen is worth slightly less than €85 million, making for a drastic difference of €1.18 billion. Manchester City’s first obstacle in the Champions League’s knockout phase may seem easy to pass, but Copenhagen finished 2nd in the same group with Manchester United and thus eliminated the Red Devils from the tournament.

In the other game on Tuesday, the record 14-time holders Real Madrid meet RB Leipzig at Red Bull Arena. The two teams were in the same group last season when the Germans secured a 3:2 victory on home soil. This pair is more balanced in terms of market value, with Real Madrid’s squad being worth €1.04 billion, while that of RB Leipzig is valued at €483.6 million according to Transfermarkt.

On Wednesday, another two games will take place as Lazio welcomes Bayern Munich to Stadio Olimpico, and PSG will face Real Sociedad. The other four matches of the 1/8 finals are scheduled for next week.