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The Top 10 Matches You Must Surely Watch in the Month of March
- The month of March promises to be exciting, with a truckload of tantalizing matchups
- For good measure, most league titles are decided in the month of March, with cup competitions also shaping up nicely
- Sports Brief takes a look at the top 10 exciting features that will not permit you to part with your television set
The 2022-23 season is fast approaching the twilight stage, where every single game can alter the destiny of a club either positively or negatively.
As the season approaches its end phase, title races across Europe begin to take shape, and the contenders for the Champions League knockout stages become clearer.
In the context of football, particularly on the continent, there aren’t a lot of months as exciting as March.
It’s that time of the year when games come in thick and fast in Europe's top five leagues, and the UEFA Champions League really kicks in.
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Looking forward to the match schedules to mark the dates and not miss out on any encounter, Sports Brief unpacks the games you must watch in March.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona - March 2
Perhaps the biggest fixture on the list per the pedigree of both clubs. Real Madrid will host Barcelona in the first instalment of a two-legged semifinal battle in the Copa del Rey.
While Madrid is poised to exact revenge for their Spanish Super Cup defeat against Barca, the Catalan giants will be aiming to make amends for their abysmal run in Europe.
Liverpool vs Manchester United - March 5
A top liner in the Premier League, Liverpool and Man United will rekindle their rivalry when both sides slug it out at the fabled Anfield Stadium on Sunday.
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The Red Devils have been rapid in their renaissance under Erik ten Hag, grabbing the Carabao Cup to underline the massive improvement of the once-feared European giant.
Conversely, Liverpool have been a pale shadow of the mentality built by Jurgen Klopp and suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss against the Red Devils in the first round.
The subplots in this age-long rivalry make the fixture tantalizing and a must-watch for fans of both clubs as well as neutrals.
Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund - March 7
The Blues host Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of their European showdown next Tuesday.
Graham Potter’s side suffered a 1-0 defeat last month when they travelled to Germany to face Dortmund in the first leg of a last-16 tie.
The lack of goals in the team in recent months means it’ll take a remarkable performance to overturn the deficit and reach the quarter-finals.
Bayern Munich vs PSG - March 8
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The return leg of the UEFA Champions League clash between Bayern and PSG is bound to attract a lot of eyeballs.
Both sides have hit a good run of form, making the second leg more mouthwatering in nature.
Mbappe and the recently crowned best men's player in the world, Lionel Messi, will want to overturn the 1-0 defeat from the first leg.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool - March 15
Perhaps this game may be dead rubber in principle after Real Madrid clawed from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool 5-2 in the first leg.
Nonetheless, the European pedigree of both clubs makes the tie interesting, considering the storied past in the Champions League.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid - March 19
This is not an oversight. Yes, Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet more than once this month, this time in La Liga.
Exciting right? Barca are sitting pretty at the top of La Liga, holding a seven-point lead over Real Madrid after just two league defeats, and have already claimed the first silverware of the season by convincingly beating their arch-rivals 3-1 in January's Super Cup.
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However, when Carlo Ancelotti's team hit their stride, they can overwhelm any opponent, and right now, Xavi's Barcelona looks more fragile than at any other stage this season.
Inter Milan vs Juventus - March 19
The Serie A title might be out of sight for Inter and Juve, but the Derby d'Italia almost always leaves viewers yearning for more when these two Italian superpowers clash.
Bar a shock defeat to Bologna, the Nerazurris had a near-perfect February. On the flip side, Juventus have duly arrested their early-season blues, winning six games and drawing once across all competitions last month.
The Stadio Guiseppe Meazza will be lit when the two sides cross paths in the month of March.
Italy vs England - March 23
Away from club football, four-time world champions Italy and the Three Lions of England will kick start the international break.
The two European giants, squared off in the Euro 2020 final, will face each other again, this time in the European Championship qualifiers.
Roberto Mancini's men will hope to use this blockbuster clash as a reminder to the football world that they are still a powerhouse.