The anticipation that went before this year’s Round of 16 draws was unlike any that had been seen before. The reason was not far-fetched. This year had seen so many top shots finish both in first and second positions in their respective groups.
What this meant was that fans didn’t have to wait for those heavyweight clashes that they were used to seeing in the latter stages of the competition. And they all got what they anticipated – well, most of them.
After the draws had been made, this is what it looked like:
- Juventus vs. Tottenham Hotspur
- Basel vs. Manchester City
- Porto vs. Liverpool
- Real Madrid vs. PSG
- Bayern München vs. Beşiktaş
- Chelsea vs. Barcelona
- Sevilla vs. Manchester United
- Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Roma
While they are all mouth-watering fixtures, there are two stand-out fixtures that immediately catch the eye of any football fan: The Chelsea game and the Real Madrid game.
Chelsea vs. Barcelona
Chelsea missed the chance to top their group after drawing their last group game against Atletico Madrid. That last game has now earned them a clash with the residents of the Nou Camp, FC Barcelona.
Immediately this fixture was made, memories of the last meeting between these two sides flooded the internet. Ronaldinho’s dance-and-score move, Fernando Torres’ goal that silenced the Nou Camp, and Iniesta’s heart-breaking goal at the Stamford Bridge.
Add to all these memories the fact that Messi has not scored whenever these two teams faced each other and you get a fixture that you can’t afford to miss.
Real Madrid vs. PSG
Zidane’s men, for the second time in a row in the competition, managed to finish second in their UCL group. This meant they had to face a group winner, a group winner like PSG.
For Real Madrid, it’s a case of whether or not they can keep up with the talents that PSG is bulging at the sides with. How will they stop the dreaded MCN trio? Will they be able to get past Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and co.?
For PSG, it’s time to test their thirst for European glory. The cash splashed during the summer transfer window was for games like this. Will the world’s most expensive player step up to the plate when it matters the most?
To some, it seems like Bayern Munich and Manchester City got themselves easy draws. But then again, football is full of surprises. The Shakhtar vs. Roma game and the Juventus vs. Tottenham game is hard to call. It could swing either ways.
We’ve been going on and on about our own opinion of the draws. How about you share yours with us? What do you think? Which of these clubs will crash out of the competition at this stage? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.