The Champions League returns with first 1/8-final matches of two of the favourites

The Champions League returns after a two-month break with the first round of 16 clashes of the competition.

Today at 22:00 Bulgarian time are the matches of two of the main favorites for the trophy - Manchester City and Real Madrid. The current champions City visit Copenhagen, while Real visit RB Leipzig.

The Spanish team warmed up appropriately for the first leg with the Bulls, beating direct La Liga title rivals Girona 4:0 at home. However, their win was overshadowed by Jude Bellingham's injury. The English international scored two goals, but was forced to leave the field, and according to various information, he will be absent for about a month.

Carlo Ancelotti's men reached the knockout stages of Europe's most prestigious club tournament without a misstep in their group and are favorites against RB Leipzig. The Bundesliga side came second from Group G and is occupying fifth position in the Bundesliga, six points behind third-placed Stuttgart.

Meanwhile, Manchester City, who reached the coveted trophy of Europe's most prestigious club tournament after a 1:0 win over Inter in the last edition, have a seemingly easy task against Denmark's Copenhagen. The "Citizens" continue the battle on three fronts, being near the top in the Premier League, having chances to defend the trophy in the FA Cup and are in contention in the CL.

Up against them, Pep Guardiola's men will have a team that managed to get into the knockout stages at the expense of the likes of Galatasaray and Manchester United in Group A. City, on the other hand, have recorded six wins from six in their group.

Full schedule for Tuesday's games:

22:00, Copenhagen - Manchester City, RB Leipzig - Real Madrid. /BGNES