Champions League fixtures: Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona in action this weekend

Champions League fixtures: Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona in action this weekend

Now Pep Guardiola's side can focus on trying to protect a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid to reach the quarterfinals.

Uefa has already reduced the qualifying ties to one leg, except for the Champions League playoff round.

Also at 8pm, Manchester City welcome Real Madrid to the Etihad Stadium. In the first leg, two late away goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus had cancelled Isco's opener and shocked Santiago Bernabeu.

UEFA may decide to move Ireland's Nations League games next month to a neutral venue, while League of Ireland clubs could end up playing one-off matches in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League and Europa League in the neutral venues of Greece or Hungary.

Ahead of these exciting and eagerly awaited Champions League clashes, a recap of the top goalscorers so far in this season's tournament might be helpful for supporters hoping to see their favourite player claim the best goalscorer prize.

The Champions League was suspended in March, with only four of the eight Round of 16 ties having been completed: Paris Saint-Germain defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate; Atalanta overwhelmed Valencia 8-4; Atletico Madrid ended Liverpool's reign as European champions with a 4-2 triumph; and RB Leipzig outclassed Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 overall.

The quarter-finals begin August 12.

Lyon has been boosted by Memphis Depay's return from a long-term knee injury as it seeks to hold on to their slender advantage over the Old Lady which was given by midfielder Lucas Tousart in the first leg.

The quarterfinal lineup is completed Saturday.

There are more UCL matches to look forward on Saturday night, when FC Barcelona go up against Napoli and Bayern Munich host Frank Lampard's Chelsea.

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