This year’s Round of 16 games in the Champions League was nothing short of dramatic.
Usually, the pace of the competition gains speed at this stage. However, fans were taken on a wild spree by some teams and their spectacular performances.
From comebacks in famous cities to aggregate scorelines that looked something from a hockey game, this stage will be fondly remembered when the 2018/2019 season is being mentioned.
Of the 16 teams that made it from the group stage, only eight now remain.
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Next on the agenda is what the fixtures will look like in the quarter-finals.
As expected, fans have been making their own mock draws, talking about which teams they’d like to see face each other. Until the draws take place on Friday, the speculations will continue.
While we wait for the draws, one major question has been regularly asked. And more often than has been this season, the question has been raised.
The Round of 16 was headlined by major teams crashing out of the competition.
Real Madrid, the current holders, fell to Ajax. For the first time in a long time, we will be talking about a UCL quarter-final without mentioning Bayern Munich, a side that makes regular appearances at this stage.
It’s been a while since a UCL quarter-final featured more than three English teams. This year, four teams have advanced from the Premier League. Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will be looking forward to their next opponents.
The competition which has been largely dominated by Spanish clubs now has just one representative left, Barcelona. Then there’s Juventus, alongside the surprise entrants, FC Porto and Ajax.
Barcelona is next with 4.45 odds and Juventus follows with odds of 5.00.
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Of the eight teams mentioned, English clubs make up 50% of them. This makes it highly probable that a team from England will win the trophy.
However, there’s the Cristiano Ronaldo factor with which Juventus used to get one over Atletico Madrid.
Where there’s Ronaldo, there Messi is also. His two goals and two assists gave Barcelona a resounding win over Lyon.
Ajax may not be as good to be considered contenders. But it’s worthy of note that they knocked out the current holders of the trophy. And that second leg display was one that will sweep any other team away.
The draws will determine, to a large extent, how far teams will go. However, some teams have shown that they have what it takes to go all the way, regardless of the opposition.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that you need a bit of luck sometimes to win the UCL trophy.
Which team do you think has what it takes to win the Champions League trophy this year? Leave us your comments and share your thoughts with us.