United firm favourites for Sevilla tie as Mourinho aims for further European success

Following a couple of below-par performances recently, Manchester United will seek redemption in the Champions League round of 16 this week, with a short trip to Seville to take on the kings of the Europa League. Preview by Kris Gourlay and Euan Archibald

Porto no pushover as Liverpool’s trophy hopes come down to Euro dreams

Liverpool’s remaining hope of a winning a trophy this season comes in the form of a trip to Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League. The Portuguese side are currently enjoying an unbeaten league campaign and will be stern opposition in the first leg on Wednesday night. Preview by Kris Gourlay

How Manchester City’s dominance has changed the dynamic of the season

With Manchester City running away with the league, the dynamic of the season for the Premier League’s biggest clubs has changed. Rather than focussing their efforts on the hectic upcoming festive schedule, should teams condition themselves to peak in February, ahead of crucial Champions League fixtures? By Jamie Braidwood

After years of underachievement, English teams are getting it right in Europe

Tottenham’s 1-1 draw away to Real Madrid is another sign that English clubs are doing much better in the Champions League. It’s been a struggle over the past few years but now, under new and better managers, Premier League teams are starting to deliver in Europe again. By Jamie Braidwood

Are PSG now favourites to lift the Champions League?

If you didn’t realise it before, PSG’s thrashing of Bayern Munich emphatically showed that they are a serious football team. Their composure, clinical nature and blinding counter attacking play makes it hard to look past them as the new yardstick for Europe’s big boys to come and match. By Luke Barry. 

Spurs need Wembley magic with Madrid, Dortmund to come: UCL Group H preview

While it would be possibly harsh to label this the “group of death” considering the quality of other groups, few will be as tight to call as Group H as Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and Apoel Nicosia battle it out. By Gregor Kerr