The end is here.
What seemed like a never-ending UEFA Champions League group stage will be concluded this week. Players have had to play UCL games week in, week out. And now, they can take a break in the competition till 2021.
However, only a select number of teams will make it to the next stage next year. And as we head into this last round of games, some teams are still fighting for their lives.
Before we touch on those teams, it’s hard to look past the biggest clash of MatchDay 6 in the UCL.
An unbeaten Barcelona side takes on Juventus in a clash that will be headlined by their biggest stars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The last time both sides faced off, Ronaldo was out no thanks to testing positive for COVID-19.
With both players fully fit heading into this Messi vs. Ronaldo clash, it’ll be more than just the action on the pitch. The GOAT debate will arise again as Barcelona look to finish the group stages with a 100% record. Juventus, knowing this, will want to take advantage of their opponent’s poor run of form in La Liga.
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While Juventus have scored an average of two goals per game, Barcelona’s strength, surprisingly, is their defense in the UCL. They scored seven unreplied goals in their last two games in the competition. They have now kept a clean sheet in three of their last five UCL games, including the first leg of their encounter against Juventus.
Morata has been doing most of the scoring for Juventus in the UCL this season, scoring six goals for the Old Lady. Ronaldo, on the other hand, has scored only two Champions League goals this season. This is one less than the three that Lionel Messi has scored.
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All the UCL goals Messi has scored this season have come from the penalty spot. The Turin-based side will be wary of the diminutive Argentine whenever he dances his way into their 18-yard area.
Another UCL game you should look out for this week is the clash between Real Madrid and Borussia M’gladbach. With both teams on seven and eight points respectively, head into this last round with qualification for the next round as the ultimate target.
It’s the same situation in Group F when Lazio take on Club Brugge. While the Italian need just a draw to qualify, the Belgians must find a way to win this one. It’s something similar to the game between RB Leipzig and Manchester. Both sides are tied one nine points and head into a winner-takes-all UCL game.
There’s plenty of UCL drama to look forward to this week. Which game are you betting on? Drop your comments below.