Berlin (dpa) - After the Bundesliga is before the European Cup. The hot phase in the Champions League and Europa League begins this week. Only the Bavarians can still relax internationally. In the Bundesliga, two relegation candidates have difficult tasks ahead of them.
ROYAL CLASS: On Tuesday (9:00 p.m. / DAZN), runners-up Borussia Dortmund will meet his former coach Thomas Tuchel, who is traveling to Germany with Paris Saint-Germain, in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. It will not necessarily be a reunion among friends - Tuchel's farewell was accompanied by all kinds of background noises in 2017. On Wednesday (9 p.m. / DAZN), RB Leipzig welcomes last year's English finalist Tottenham Hotspur - the biggest game in the young club history of the Saxons so far. Defending champion FC Liverpool with Jürgen Klopp initially plays away at Atlético Madrid on Tuesday, Atalanta Bergamo with German professional Robin Gosens receives FC Valencia the next day.
SECOND CLASS: On Thursday, Eintracht Frankfurt against Red Bull Salzburg (6.55pm / DAZN), VfL Wolfsburg against Malmo FF (9pm / DAZN) and Bayer Leverkusen against FC Porto (9pm / RTL and DAZN) want to go one floor below First leg of the round of the last 32 create a good starting position. The trio avoided the favorites Manchester United (in Bruges), Inter Milan (in Rasgrad) or AS Roma (against Ghent) and FC Sevilla (in Cluj).
ABSTIEGSKAMPF: It could hardly have been much harder for the two currently poorest placed teams in the Bundesliga. Bottom end SC Paderborn has to face FC Bayern on Friday (8.30pm / DAZN) The penultimate Werder Bremen will face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (3:30 p.m. / Sky). Fortuna Dusseldorf at Relegationsplatz 16 could offer the chance to increase the distance. The Rheinländer play at Werder at SC Freiburg.
EXCLUSION: UEFA has severely punished English champions Manchester City, who face West Ham in the Premier League on Wednesday (8:30 p.m.), for two seasons when they are eliminated from the European Cup. The official appeal of the Citizens to the International Sports Court of Cas is expected this week. The further consequences of the sanction are hardly foreseeable.
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