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The Champions League series matches for the 2018/19 season will begin Tuesday, February 12th, with two matches lined up for football fans in many parts of the world to watch out for.

Real Madrid, who is the reigning champion of this league, is also in the knockout stages of this competition as they face Ajax.

Los Blancos have been in trouble since the start of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus, and will have to face the games against the Dutch club.

Today we will have to preview all the eight matches that will be played in the 2018/19 Champions League matches.

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1. Manchester United VS Paris-Saint-Germain

Manchester United are currently in the best shape of their lives since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in the month of December 2018 from Jose Mourinho, and the Red Devils will want to lengthen their impressive performances in the Champions League.

The last time United won the Champions League title was in the 2007/2008 season and will face the PSG team that will meet without the Brazilian star Neymar.

United and PSG have never met before in the Champions League, and this inaugural game will be interesting for all football fans.

2. Rome VS Porto

The Stadio Olimpico in Rome will be the venue where Roma will host FC Porto in what will be a tough Champions League battle between these two clubs.

Porto impressed in the group stages, finishing with 16 points and Roma came second behind the Champions League champions last season, Real Madrid.

3. Tottenham VS Borussia Dortmund

Premier League giants Tottenham will welcome Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 12 February for the UEFA Champions League first knockout round.

With both teams known for their work rhythms and fluid attack play, this tie seems to be one of the most exciting of this season's knockout stages.

4. Ajax VS Real Madrid

The last time Ajax won the Champions League title was in the 1994/95 edition of the Championship and has had some difficulties since then.

Ajax closed the group stages as 1 of only 5 teams to remain unbeaten throughout the game, and ended only 2 points behind the Bundesliga giants, Bayern Munich.

Real Madrid on the other hand has struggled in the group stages due to the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, and their credentials will be put to the test against the Dutch team.

5. Lyon VS Barcelona

The French club Lyon have previously faced Barcelona six times with the Spanish club that won four games, while the other two draws ended in a draw.

Barcelona have been impressive this season in all competitions and it will be difficult for Lyon to overcome the Spanish champions in the two games.

6. Liverpool VS Bayern Munich

This will be the most difficult draw of the Champions League round of the second round of the season, the Liverpool will face the German giant Bayern Munich.

These two teams have scored three goals in their last matches and this draw will be the battle of the strikers with characters like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Firmino who expect to be in good shape.

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7. Schalke VS Manchester City

The last three games of the Schalke Champions League have all finished in the round of 16 and will be happy to take full advantage of the home advantage ahead of Manchester City for the first fraction of their knockout draw.

Premier League champions Manchester City are in the knockout stages for the sixth consecutive year and have won two of their last three rounds of 16 draws.

8. Atletico Madrid VS Juventus

These two teams reached the final twice in the last five seasons with Atletico who lost against the neighbors Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016 while Juventus was beaten by Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid two years later.

Juventus will be strengthened with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined the Real Madrid club, but Atletico also has two dangerous strikers, Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann.

Previously, Legit.ng he had reported as international Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo told the Juventus bosses to give him three more bodyguards for himself and his family in Italy.

The superstar is worried about the safety of himself and his family as he has been swarmed by fans since his move to Turin from Real Madrid.

One of these three men will check his home in the Gran Madre Park, while the other two guards will take care of him and his family.

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