Next week, the biggest competition in the world, The Champions League, is back. Every club in Europe wants to get their hands to that beautiful trophie. All four Spanish teams (Real Madrid, Sevilla, Atl. Madrid & Barcelona) that qualified to the round of 16 have major hopes to this win the most prestigious tournament in club football competition.
The current Europa League champions are in great form right now, The team has won their last 7 games and the players will want the streak to continue. Sevilla will face Borussia Dortmund at home for the first leg of the series. While Sevilla are in a great form, the same can’t be said for the German team and that will play a huge factor.
Unless something unexpected happens, there’s no reason to say Sevilla will pass to the next round of the Champions League. Team-wise and momentum are in favor of the Spanish team, but the Sevilla defender will have to be extra cautious of Haaland.
Atlético de Madrid
“Los Colchoneros” are in great shape right now. They have basically cliched LaLiga title already and the chemistry between Joao Felix and Luis Suarez has been incredible the last month. Atl. Madrid will face Chelsea at home for the first leg of the series. Chelsea just had a managerial change and it’s too early to judge the changes that Tuchel has implemented on the team.
Atl. Madrid are the favorites to win this series and advance to the next round, but Atl. Madrid will need to be cautious on this series and not let the bright lights of the Champions League burn them like we’ve seen in the past.
Barcelona momentum lately has shifted for the better with Griezmann and Messi finally clicking on the pitch and Dembele finally showing his skills on the pitch. Koeman’s team seems to have had found something interesting before their Champions League game against PSG.
While Barcelona have this unexpected momentum of their side, they are not favorites on this series and on the other side you can’t discount Mbappe and Neymar’s deadly duo. The question is, can Barcelona against all odds get to the next round?
Of all four Spanish still alive in the Champions League they are the most inconsistent in the pitch and their performances on the group stage and domestically have been so poor. While Real Madrid are the favorites of this series, an Atalanta upset wouldn’t be out of this world considering the state of Real Madrid.
One thing is for sure, Real Madrid may be in a terrible situation but historically this club always does well especially on times of need and that magic or will power has lead to them winning 13 Champions League, so anything is possible with “Los Blancos”.