All about Champions League round of 16 fixtures
Back after a hiatus of over 2 months for the first leg of the round of 16 matches, we bring you everything you need to know to keep you up to date from the land of the Champions League. The most prestigious and one of the most coveted after trophies in international club football, the champions league makes a return on February 13 for the first leg of the first knock-out stage of the tournament.
This week will see four sets of fixtures being contested in the champions league, spread over two days on Wednesday and Thursday before eventually moving onto the next week which will see the same days complete the first round of fixtures in this installment of the champions. With mouth-watering clashes on offer, seeing some of the best sides in Europe facing off against each other to book their berth in the quarter-finals of the event, the round of 16 promises to be an as exquisite and exuberant an affair as possible.
This week sees Tottenham play host to Borussia Dortmund at the Wembley Stadium in what is without a doubt the headlining fixture before we move onto Liverpool entertaining Bayern Munich at home next week in what is set to be a tough and stringent test for the premier league sides. Apart from these two clashes, Atletico Madrid welcoming one of the most renowned and complete outfits in the world-class Juventus at home makes for a delightful two weeks of footballing action delivered straight from a competition that clubs yearn to add to their kitty.
All matches in the champions’ league will commence at 1:30 am in India with two matches spread out over a total of four days that will see 16 sides in action. The matches will be telecasted on Sony Ten1, 2, Six/HD.
Liverpool Vs Bayern Munich
Having just about managed to edge their way into the knock-out stage after ending up second to PSG in what was without a doubt the sternest group in the group stages, Liverpool ended up getting Bayern Munich. It promises to be an extremely hovering challenge for Liverpool whose task becomes tougher owing to the injuries that have struck them in defence, with a side that is reeling under the pressure and heavy work ethic of negotiating through a closely contested title challenge in their domestic league.
Liverpool needs to be at their scintillating best in the first tie and take with them a lead ahead of the return fixture. The onus to deliver a decisive performance, one that can see them replicate their run of all the way to the final from the last year will lie on Salah.
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus
Complete with attack and defence that clubs would give anything to have at their disposal, Juventus’ last group stage match and their recent form showed that they are not the untouchable side many believed them to be. If given a real go at, it’s a midfield that has looked shaky on several occasions, all too well capable of blowing apart and as they look to push on and justify their tag of one of the heavyweights in this year’s season, it’s an area they’ll need to address massively before the clash.
On the other hand, Madrid themselves haven’t looked their best at the back recently. Known for their prowess of keeping out the best of attacks away, Madrid has floundered recently, conceding goals as they lose all semblance of shape when flustered with pace and exemplary moves.
Despite the recent forms, it’s still an encounter that sees two of the most dangerous sides take on each other and fireworks are expected to go off when the two sides meet. It should make for an intriguing fixture when they meet next Thursday.
It’ll be an extremely closely fought affair, one that will ultimately be decided by fine margins and we see Juventus making it through to the next round.
Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund
Having captivated everyone with their slick moves, super fast pace and dynamic chances created when going forward, Dortmund has seen their eye-catching football see them sitting pretty at the top in Germany. They’re a side who are difficult to keep quiet and Tottenham knows that they have a real task at their hands when they face them in the first leg.
The first leg is of vital importance to Tottenham and if they can’t script a win, their progression to the quarter-final seems to be a closed chapter. Dortmund knows only one way to play and they’ll continuously be hovering around the hosts, looking to emulate the marauding run that has served them so brilliantly throughout.
We expect Dortmund to easily progress from this encounter, winning both of the matches.
Champions League Round Of 16 Fixtures (All Timings Are In IST)
Thursday 14th February 2019