This week, another round of UCL games will begin.
This time around, the second of the Round of 16 games will kick off, with the 16 teams vying for the quarter-final slots available. These 16 teams after the first round can now be categorized as follows:
- Teams with the first leg advantage
- Teams with a first leg deficit
There are four teams that failed to score in the first leg.
Bayern Munich forced Liverpool to a draw at Anfield. In the UCL game played in France, Lyon kept Lionel Messi and co. at bay throughout the game. Going into the second leg, it’s hard to tell which of these four teams have the advantage and which one is at a disadvantage.
In all the UCL games played at the Now Camp this season, the Catalan Giants conceded only once.
Can they keep a clean sheet in this fixture?
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Teams with the Advantage
The teams going into the second leg with an advantage are those who won the first leg. These teams (whether playing at home or away from home) now head into the return fixture with one leg in the quarter-finals.
One of such team is PSG. After their 2-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, the French outfit now welcome Solksjaer’s side to Paris.
For them, the task is simple: do not lose the game by more than two goals. With Mbappe and Di Maria deputizing well for the injured Neymar, it doesn’t look like a task too hard to accomplish.
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Tottenham and Manchester City are the two English sides going into the second leg with an advantage.
Both sides scored three goals against Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 respectively. And while the North London side kept a clean sheet, the side from the blue half of Manchester conceded two goals.
Atletico Madrid and AS Roma, alongside Real Madrid, are the other teams looking to make the most of their first-leg advantage.
Teams Playing Catch-Up
All German sides remaining in the UCL at the moment are playing catch-up.
Bayern Munich has to ensure Liverpool does not score that famous away goal. Borussia Dortmund welcome Spurs to Westfalenstadion. They have to score at least three un-replied goals to push the game to extra time.
They must find a way to outscore Pep Guardiola’s men, something only Lyon has done this UCL season.
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It’s an even tougher task for Juventus. After losing 2-0 to Atletico Madrid, they must now score at least two goals against a defense notorious for keeping clean sheets in La Liga.
Is this the end of the road for Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus?
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