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Champions League Returns This Week

After a break of more than two months, the Champions League returns on Tuesday night with the opening set of last-16 fixtures.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of this week’s games…

ARSENAL V BAYERN MUNICH
These sides are familiar Champions League rivals, having squared off on four occasions in the last five years, with the Gunners bowing out three times at the hands of the Bavarians in the first knockout round.

This season, the Gunners topped their group for the first time since 2012, but their reward was a Round of 16 showdown with mighty Bayern, who finished runners-up behind Atletico Madrid in Group D.

Bayern routed Arsenal 5-1 in Germany in their previous meeting, and based on current form you’d have to give the edge to the Bundesliga giants. If Arsenal is going to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010 then they’ll have to keep it close in Munich on Wednesday—otherwise the series could be over before the return leg in London.

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs. BARCELONA
Despite spending big money on star players, PSG has yet to make a splash in Europe. The French champions have exited in the quarterfinals in each of the last four seasons, and they’re still looking to
break through the glass ceiling and advance to the semifinals.

Barcelona eliminated PSG in 2013 and 2015, and the Spanish giants have lost only one of their last six games against their French counterparts in Europe—and that was in the group stage in 2014.

Tuesday’s tilt at the Parc des Princes pits the tournament’s top scorers—Messi and Cavani—against one another. But while Barcelona also boasts the dangerous Neymar and Luis Suarez, PSG is pretty dependent on Cavani for offence—aside from the Uruguay international, only Lucas has more than 10 goals for PSG this season.

BENFICA vs. BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Borussia Dortmund has struggled in the Bundesliga—they currently sit fourth in the table, 15 points adrift of league leaders Bayern Munich. But in Europe, Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) have dominated.

Dortmund went undefeated in the group stage (four wins and two draws), scoring a tournament record 21 goals in six games to win a group that included defending champions Real Madrid. It’ll be interesting to see if they continue their hot streak in Portugal on Tuesday.

As for Benfica, they are flying high in the Portuguese league—they lost their first game of the campaign in December, and sit atop the domestic table. The Eagles are playing in the knockout stage for the second straight season, a first for the club—they fell to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals last year.

REAL MADRID vs. NAPOLI
Wednesday’s affair at the Benabeu should be an entertaining affair, as it pits two of the hottest clubs in Europe who are committed to playing attacking soccer.

Madrid hasn’t lost at home in 11 Champions League games (with nine wins), while Napoli is riding an 18-match unbeaten streak (12 wins) in all competitions.

While the Spanish outfit is aiming to reach its seventh consecutive quarterfinal, Napoli, who have only lost one of their last seven European road games, is competing in the Round of 16 for only the second time in franchise history.

The first legs will be played on February 14-15th and 21-22nd, with the second legs set for March 7-8th and 14-15th.

Champions League Last-16 1st Leg:
Sevilla v Leicester – Buy Champions League Tickets
PSG v Barcelona – Buy Champions League Tickets
Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid – Buy Champions League Tickets
Porto v JuventusBuy Champions League Tickets
Bayern Munich v Arsenal – Buy Champions League Tickets
Benfica v Borussia Dortmund – Buy Champions League Tickets
Real Madrid v Napoli – Buy Champions League Tickets
Manchester City v Monaco – Buy Champions League Tickets

Champions League Last-16 2nd Leg:
Leicester v Sevilla – Buy Champions League Tickets
Barcelona v PSG – Buy Champions League Tickets
Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen – Buy Champions League Tickets
Juventus v Porto – Buy Champions League Tickets
Arsenal v Bayern Munich – Buy Champions League Tickets
Borussia Dortmund v Benfica – Buy Champions League Tickets
Napoli v Real Madrid – Buy Champions League Tickets
Monaco v Man CityBuy Champions League Tickets

{ 68 comments… add one }
  • dinho April 28, 2010, 5:09 am

    inter milan to win barcelona 😀

  • tareq (kalapur) April 28, 2010, 2:40 am

    i like mesi mesi mesi……………………………………………………this world cup football….2010…….will win ARGENTINA…..

  • Karl April 27, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Messi could be the best at this moment, because there are no real players that he can compete with.
    He should be when the Master (Zinedine Zidan) use to be at the fields, and pretty sure he will stay with his mouth either open of foolness or with his mouth shut because he will not have nothing to show.
    Who is the beter of goalkeeprs of all times, there was no goalkeeper for the Master he had beten all best goalkeepers, has Messi done that, well will see if he is good as much think on the world cup, Which I am pretty sure they will not get to FINALS…..

  • Gabriel Nungolo April 27, 2010, 2:47 pm

    Well it is strong game which myself i call it a final before the final…. But realy can not say who will win because before teams are performing well and with the advantage that Inter has already,,,,, realy is something else but let wait and see the ball will decid…

  • chebsolo April 20, 2010, 1:37 pm

    WINNERS AND WINNERS 4 EVA…. NOTHING WILL EVER STOP BARCELONA…. INTER, I LOVE YOU BUT BARCELONA IS BEST. THE WORLD CAN TESTIFY THAT…..

  • cornelius April 20, 2010, 7:21 am

    i belief to beat inter is to take control of the mid-field and feed the attachers even from the wings to enable my messi do his finishing job perfectly. i see inter as a no threat to us at all, with lionel whom i always reffer to as cornel, victory over vinter is what we will deffinately do. LONG LIVE BARCA.

  • Philip April 20, 2010, 3:48 am

    Barcelona will be lucky if they score tonight. Inter will not only beat them but they will totally outclass them at the San Siro! Forza Inter!!

  • angel of mathematics April 20, 2010, 2:28 am

    Todays match is going to be a disgrace to inter. The fact is barca is full of experience players. Inter fans forget about this season, next season shall be a nice one. Up Barca

  • mesias angala April 19, 2010, 11:26 am

    barcelona for sure…………i strongly recommend the team to over take inter as they are more strong than the opposite team…

  • sagni April 18, 2010, 10:53 am

    barca will win the champion not only win semi final inter. inter is nothing .but, barca for all.

  • cot April 18, 2010, 7:48 am

    inter siap berenkbenk’z barca

  • gtyhyh April 15, 2010, 2:14 pm

    Barcelona have beaten Inter and will again. Barca for champs!!!!!

  • Solari Danny Amamoo April 13, 2010, 9:29 am

    INTER INTERNATIONALE ALL THE WAY AND NO ONE STOP US UNTIL OUR BONES ARE ROTTEN

    • mesias angala April 19, 2010, 11:32 am

      bra……i believe that your thinking is completely wrong….imagine on how will those unskilled defenders tuckle the magision messi

  • Solari April 13, 2010, 9:27 am

    Intermilan all the way and i know we are going to beat Barcelona and also win the champions league this year

    • mesias angala April 19, 2010, 11:36 am

      huuuuh……better think back brother…………………

  • russel April 13, 2010, 5:09 am

    totally agree jack

  • jack April 13, 2010, 5:06 am

    well only to stop barca is not by defensive it just by attacking and push them in defense by that only you can win inter defending 90 minuts to barca is sure that you are loosing this game so just attack them. if u don’t conceed a goal in first half then there is almost a chance to win the game. so best of luck to inter milan.barca its time to good bye for champions league

  • DiRrtyDog April 9, 2010, 1:57 pm

    The Champions League winner, will be either Inter Milan or Barcelona. It is sad that they already meet in the semi-finals, because a final on a neutral ground between those teams would be AMAZING. One of the best defensive teams against maybe the strongest offensive team in Europe, for the time being.

    I don’t think Lyon or Bayern will be capable of winning against either of those teams. The reason why I think they won’t be winning, is simply, that they haven’t been convincing enough.

    Bayern were lucky to beat Fiorentina by an offside goal and advance to the quarterfinals, and even though they impressed me by beating united with 2 amazing comebacks, there were still alot of holes in their defensive line. They wouldn’t stand a chance against Barca’s offensive (Messi, Pedro, Iniesta etc.) with that poor defensive play. And Inter would win 1-0 if they were to meet Bayern in the Finals.

    Lyon is a bit of a joker in my opinion, but I think they need that last bit, to be a threat against Barca or Inter (or even Bayern for that matter) I saw the second leg against Bordeaux, and they were seriously outplayed by them, and the only reason why they did advance, was because of outstanding goalkeeping. And I don’t think the goalkeeper will save them against barca, but against Inter, well maybe they’ll have a small chance (but really I don’t think that as a possibilty)

    Well that’s just my bet on the Chl Winners 2010 🙂 And I will eat all of those words again if I’m wrong. (and sorry for spelling or grammar problems, I’m not English)

    Have a nice Weekend

    • David Wilson April 9, 2010, 5:22 pm

      Totally agree with your comments. Bayern might be the weakest team to reach the CL semi-finals in years.

      As for Inter v Barca it promises to be a great series. Arsenal showed that you cannot give Barca time and space to make all their little passes. You have to be stronger and physical as Chelsea were last season, and that describes Inter.

  • micheal April 7, 2010, 11:00 am

    it seems every body want to get to the top of this game but i tell u the only term dat has make it to d final is barca.

  • Red Devils April 7, 2010, 3:59 am

    Man United can win tonight match.. i know they can. GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!! miracles could happen

  • Philip April 7, 2010, 2:40 am

    Messi is no doubt the best player in the world at the moment . Last night’s 4-1 win over Arsenal confirmed what we already knew. This time however, against Inter they stand no chance. Inter will reach the final!!

  • Abdulah March 25, 2010, 5:55 pm

    Arsenal will have a tuff game against barcelona i know that we are going to win home but away will be really tuff but we will se what happens (inshallah)

  • gunners March 25, 2010, 11:26 am

    arsenal will upset barca and prove all of you wrong…just wait and see

    • Alen April 20, 2010, 7:12 am

      spoke to soon there…

    • Rooney10_PAKI April 23, 2010, 1:14 pm

      u can’t beat man utd,how will u beat barca

  • leonar March 24, 2010, 12:20 pm

    The is no other team that will stop barca from winning champions league

  • leonar March 24, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Barc has been and I will be best team for the next decade!

  • zakari harouna barmou March 22, 2010, 8:16 pm

    barcelona is the king of football.

    • leonar March 24, 2010, 12:16 pm

      They have the talent in world of footbal to beat arsenal, most importantly I would them go all the way to the final and thrash man united. I want Barca to prove the world that they are the best team in the world and to man united.

  • nebeolisa March 22, 2010, 4:06 am

    wenger barca has all it takes to win the match,but if arsenal struggles hard they can make it.

  • Fernando August 19, 2009, 11:07 am

    There can be no cheating in Champions league. There must be
    transparency. Starting with the referees. Unspeakable
    was the performance of the Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai in Lisbon
    18Aug2009 giving the same disciplinary value to a aggression (yellow card), 2 fouls with a view to preventing gaming and goal (without punishment), and take the shirt off to celebrate a goal ( second yellow card). Unbelievable.
    Impaired? Sporting Club de Portugal.

  • rooney August 8, 2009, 7:02 am

    man u champions again,you wait maha,see the youth and our striking force go mad.man u v barca final…arsenal dont have a final in them unless its there youth in carling cup in there lucky.rooney player of the year/world

    • leonard March 24, 2010, 12:26 pm

      Rooynen, is the best strike in barclays…wait to see the best strikes when they meet best team in the world

  • BAYONLE April 9, 2009, 5:56 am

    I DONT THINK MAN U CAN STILL QUALIFY BUT LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

  • BAYONLE April 9, 2009, 5:53 am

    BARCELONA VS ARSENAL FOR FINAL.

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