Today is the last day of the Champions League Round of 16. Now to help people who are new to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) I’ll briefly explain how it works. Once the match ups are decided you play your opponent in two games (legs). Each team will host a game and the team that score the most goals over the two legs moves on, if the teams are tied after the full 90 minutes of the second league is played then away goals are used as a tiebreaker. If the teams are also tied on away goals then two 15 minutes halves of extra time will be played, and if they’re still level then its time for penalties. Now that I’ve got that out of the way I’ll be previewing the last two matches of the UCL Round of 16.
The first match I’ll talk about is Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen. I’ll be shocked if Atleti doesn’t move on to the quarter finals. They won the first leg 4-2 away from home which means Leverkusen will have to score at least three goals against one of the best defensive sides in the world. Couple this with the fact that Leverkusen are playing with a new manager after the sacking of their previous manager a few weeks ago. Leverkusen have also dipped in form since the group stage of the competition. Atleti are also been unbelievable at home under their manager Diego Simeone. So don’t expect anything crazy out of this one I see Atleti cruising to a victory in this one. Atletico Madrid 2 Bayer Leverkusen 0
The second of the two games today is Monaco vs Manchester City. Monaco are first in the French league and are looking to keep their UCL dreams alive. The first leg went Man City’s way with The Citizens claiming a 5-3 victory. Although Monaco lost the first leg I think they have a great shot of moving on to the quarterfinals. Monaco picked up 3 important away goals which will give the high powered attack a little breathing room to play an open game to try and make up this 2 goal deficit. That being said making up a 2 goal deficit against this Man City team will not be an easy task. Although it hasn’t even been a full year since Pep Guardiola his play style of dominating possession and shredding opposition with short passes is starting to take hold at Man City. Their midfield is seeming more and more comfortable with Guardiola’s tiki-taka play style every game. This leg is really going to come down to who can keep sustaining pressure up top and winning back the ball. I think this will be a close match but i see Monaco winning the second league but failing to advance due to the aggregate score. Monaco 2 Man City 1