EDITORIAL: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16 DRAWS..

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                                                CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16 DRAWS..

Last week, the Champions League group stages were concluded. Ultimately, the teams that qualified were teams that were expected to qualify (no disrespect Napoli). Now the stage has been set for the last 16 as draws have been made and there are some mouth-watering clashes to look forward to.

MANCHESTER UNITED vs PARIS ST GERMAIN..

Now, this is a huge game, but not even the biggest game in this tournament’s round of 16. Paris St. Germain finally finished their very tough group as winners after producing a very good display against Liverpool in a game that they needed to win.

Manchester United, on the other hand, went to Turin and brought home three points, a feat that no team has managed in all competitions this season.

Both Managers would be under pressure to not get knocked out at this stage, whether they admit it or not. Looking forward to a classic encounter.

ATLETICO MADRID vs JUVENTUS..

Atletico Madrid were beaten finalists in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League Finals while Juventus were beaten in the 2015 and 2017 Finals, that is two teams that have featured in four of the last five finals, winning none in the process. One of them will not be there in the quarter-finals. Ronaldo, who has tormented both teams in previous Finals while he was in Real Madrid, currently plays for Juventus and is one player that would be really fired up for this game. This would be a game for the archives.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs BORUSSIA DORTMUND..

Tottenham really pulled off an almost impossible task as they had just one point after game-week 3. Now they face a Borussia Dortmund side who finished top ahead of a very well-drilled and experienced Atletico Madrid side. Tottenham has Harry Kane, Dortmund has Paco Alcacer. Tottenham has Christian Eriksen, Dortmund has Marco Reus. Dortmund are currently one of the best sides in Europe and Tottenham has been able to hold their own in the top end of the English Premier League. Another great game on the cards.

LIVERPOOL vs BAYERN MUNICH..

Last year’s finalists have not been at their best yet in the Champions League. Look no further than their drab performance away to Red Star Belgrade in game-week four. Luckily for Liverpool, the 2013 Champions League winners have not been at their best but still managed to qualify top of their group. They cannot also be ruled out because of the number of experienced albeit old heads in their team. Salah and co. go into this game knowing fully well that slip-ups like the ones they had in the group stages would be unforgivable at this stage of the competition.

 

There are also various other very good match-ups and we cannot wait come February 12th, 2019 to enjoy these games.

 

Posted by: Abiodun Motunrayo

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