The UEFA Champions League Second Leg Round of 16 begins this week!
A blockbuster of a match on Tuesday and a tight affaired one on Wednesday as the second leg of the Round of 16 gets under way. A 3-1 win for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeau against PSG meant that the current tournament holders go into Paris with a fairly big advantage.
With NEYMAR out of the squad for the match due to a long term injury, Angel DI MARIA is sure to start up front for PSG against his old club after having been left out of the first match. Whether Giovani LO CELSO and Javier PASTORE start is another story but PSG making it through to the next round could do wonders for the Argentinians.
The other match on Tuesday is Liverpool at home to FC Porto and after having carried a 5-0 away aggregate win, Anfield will surely be rocking.
On Wednesday are last year’s finalists Juventus away in London to Tottenham. The first match ended 2-2 with Gonzalo HIGUAIN scoring both goals in Turin. With Paulo DYBALA having scored a late winner over the weekend, it could be the boost he needed to be back in the starting eleven. All eyes will be on Wembley.
Manchester City, like their English counterparts Liverpool, picked up a big win away from home in the first leg as they scored four times in Switzerland against FC Basel. With Gabriel JESUS back from injury, this match could see Sergio AGUERO get some rest.
Champions League Second Leg Round of 16 – Tuesday:
PSG (Angel DI MARIA, Giovani LO CELSO, Javier PASTORE) vs. Real Madrid
Liverpool vs. FC Porto
Champions League Second Leg Round of 16 – Wednesday:
Tottenham Hotspur (Erik LAMELA) vs. Juventus (Gonzalo HIGUAIN, Paulo DYBALA)
Manchester City (Nicolas OTAMENDI, Sergio AGUERO) vs. FC Basel
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Hoping psg, Barcelona gets knocked off champions league in this round only. Messi, di Maria need adequate rest & no injuries. Hope man city also rests aguero more with Jesus back.
Thank you for saying this! I always hope that our players do well, but I have a hard time when club fans don’t care if players are ready for the WC. I saw a question on Barca Blaugranes that asked if you could choose between Barca winning a treble and Argentina winning the WC, what would you choose? I was amazed at how many cared more about Barca than a WC. The WC is only every 4 years. Barca have a chance to win the Champion’s League every year.
Though I want PSG to knock out Real Madrid, I’ll be a little happy if PSG lose so that Di Maria gets more rest.
The WC is in 100 days!
The only thing surprising is… why are you surprised at the answers?
I’m not even Argentine (I did live there 20 years ago) but I don’t understand how someone can care more about club futbol than the WC… The passion of the WC (and all international futbol) is what makes it great for me.
Psg progressing will surely be a miracle and for that all the 11 players have to perform 200% quite unlikely
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