Footballers Kiev «Dynamo» will hold today March 15, the second leg 1/8 finals of the UEFA Champions League where the Champions of Ukraine on departure will meet with the Vice-champion of England «Manchester city». The game starts at 21.45. Broadcast on TV channel «Ukraine».
The first game, which took place on February 24 at the capital’s NSC Olimpiyskiy, Dynamo lost with the score 1:3, writes UKRINFORM.
Kiev has lost this season in England, losing to Chelsea in the group stage (1:2). But in all other away matches against Maccabi (2:0) and FC Porto (2:0) — the white-Blues celebrated the victory.
Five years ago, Dynamo Kyiv and Manchester city met at this stage of the Europa League. Dynamo then went further, winning at home (2:0) and the lowest yielding on the road (0:1).
«Dynamo» is playing in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in 17 years. In the season 1998-1999 the «white-blue» under the direction of Valery Lobanovsky reached the semi-finals of the most prestigious club tournament of the continent.
Manchester city will try for the first time in its history to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Especially because the bulls never missed the overall victory after a win at the first match. The last of six such cases came in the 1/16 finals of UEFA Europa League-2011/12, when manchestertsy defeated FC Porto (2:1 — away, 4:0 at home).
According to the chief coach of «Dynamo» Sergei Rebrov, the chances of his team, despite the home loss, remain.
«We will try not to be nervous. If it works, then I think we have a chance. Scoring chances will come if the players will be calm. We will fight for the desired result regardless of the outcome of the first match. It is necessary not to lose concentration, to work hard and be strong. But even more important to be a team. We have a lot of good players, but you need to be a single entity. We intend to play with maximum dedication from the first minute, although we do not always get,» said Rebrov ahead of the game.
Mentor «Manchester city» Manuel Pellegrini in turn stated that will put the strongest team because his team needs a win.
«It is important to remember that this problem is not yet solved. We will face a serious opponent, who participated in matches at this level. So our main goal is to reach the quarter-finals, and we will see who will play. The match will start at 0-0, and at home we should be better than «Dinamo». I will put the strongest team because in this match we need to win,» stressed Pellegrini.
The match Manchester city — Dynamo will cater for referees from Romania headed Ovidiu HateganM. Functions of UEFA delegate assigned to the Portuguese joão Morais. The referee observer Frank de blekere(Belgium).
The draw for 1/4 Champions League final will be held on March 18th at the headquarters of UEFA in Nyon (Switzerland).
Dynamo believes in his chance with Manchester city. Rebrov: we’ll try not to be nervous 15.03.2016