When it comes to football, the UEFA Champions League is the elite competition for all of Europe. That is evident in how much effort teams put into the contest, even if they are not doing so well on the domestic level.
The games are underway for this season again, and it has been nothing short of fun so far.
Before the time comes to watch the UEFA CL Round of 16 second leg games, here are a couple of updates to keep in mind.
What games should you look forward to?
As of the time of writing, the various team leaders have progressed out of their groups and started contesting in the Round of 16. The first leg has already been played, and to much surprises.
You would think so too if you observed the shock defeats suffered by the duo of Manchester United and Juventus. The latter side could not even rely on the Ronaldo magic for the night.
Unfortunately, they were not the only team who didn’t have their talisman make the difference for them. In Spain, Barcelona were also held to a goalless draw by Lyon.
All of these teams will be looking to change their fortunes and have a shot at the quarterfinal stages in the coming game – the second leg, that is.
Find out what your favorite teams played in their first leg, and when they meet for the second leg below.
|Teams||First Leg Result||Second Leg date|
|AS Roma – FC Porto||2 – 1||Wednesday, March 6|
|Manchester United –PSG||0 – 2||Wednesday, March 6|
|Tottenham Hotspur – BorussiaDortmund||3 – 0||Tuesday, March 5|
|Ajax – Real Madrid||1 – 2||Tuesday, March 5|
|Lyon – Barcelona||0 – 0||Wednesday, March 13|
|Liverpool – Bayern Munich||0 – 0||Wednesday, March 13|
|Atletico Madrid – Juventus||2 – 0||Tuesday, March 12|
|Schalke 04 – Manchester City||2 – 3||Tuesday, March 12|
AS Roma looks to have the game in hand already, but they should try to get an away goal first. Barcelona and Bayern also lookfavorites to proceed since they will be playing thesecond leg at their respective homes.
However, the team with the toughest task looks to be Juventus. Even though they will now be playing in front of their own fans, breaking the defense of Atletico Madrid to score three goals without reply seems almost impossible.
If there is anything we know about the game of football, though, it is that anything can happen.
Which Teams Could Make It to The Quarterfinals?
A total of eight (8) teams willquality from the second leg games for the QF showpiece. From what we have seen, it is not difficult to pick some teams that we could see in the next game.
Starting from the very top, there is no doubt that AS Roma are the favorites to hold on to the lead they have.
PSG has shown a lot of desire, but theyhave injury woes to deal with. Now that Manchester United has about three injury problems in the starting line-up (Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera), though, they would have to pull a rabbit out of the hat if they will progress.
Barcelona is a team of character – but they failed to show much of that in their first leg. Playing in front of the Camp Nou faithfuls has always worked in their favor, though, so they are the favorites here.
Also, in Spain, Real Madrid are still showingchampions stuff. Even though they are notdoing so well in the league, they have been able to hold off an energetic Ajax side. With two away goals in the bag, they should just run down the clock – and work towards getting a few goals, if possible.
At this point, the second leg is much of a formality for Dortmund. They have a solid team, but they are not looking the part of worthy contenders in front of what the Spurs bring.
Manchester City will be next in line. But, even if they were shaken in the first leg, trust Pep Guardiola to come up with a killer game plan in the second leg.
Oh, not to forget the Juventus – Atletico matter.
Ronaldo has always found it hard to break that opposition on many events. Working with the team, though, they could find an inroad into enemy territory this time around. The issue is, will their efforts be enough on the night?
Don’t Miss the Action
A lot is surely going down when Champions League action resumes. Trust us when we say you don’t want to miss it.If you’ve got any favorites that didn’t show up as that above, do let us know in the comments, and why too.