The Champions League’s return is just around the corner with the round of 16. There’s a lot of interesting match-ups on this round before we crown the new kings of Europe. One of the major absences of this year’s Round of 16 is obviously Barcelona, who failed to qualified to this round and instead will play the round of 32 of the Europa League.
Real Madrid vs. PSG
The most interesting match-up of this round is between Real Madrid and PSG. There’s a lot going on this match-up, from the return of Sergio Ramos to the Bernabéu to Mbappe and his refusal to renew his contract with PSG and possibly joining Real Madrid. This game will be intense in all ways possible. PSG will most likely play the first leg without Neymar and Ramos due to injury but they could be back for the second leg match. In terms of injuries for Real Madrid, Benzema could be doubtful for the first leg if he doesn’t recover on time.
Picking a favorite on this match-up is hard for multiple reasons and factors. PSG have all the pressure in the world to win this year’s Champions League due to all the signings they made and their attacking trident of Messi-Neymar- Mbappe. Meanwhile, Real Madrid will put a lot of it’s hopes to get to the next round with midfield trio of Modric-Casemiro-Kroos and the always lethal Benzema and Vinicius.
Manchester United vs. Atlético de Madrid
The second most interesting match-up of this round is between Man United and Atleti. Both teams are not doing well domestic-wise and The Champions League is their last hope to salvage this season. Manchester United are the slight favorites to win this match-up and go through the next round, especially considering the poor form Atleti has been domestically and are currently 5th and out of the Champions League positions of the table.
Both teams are very inconsistent playing wise, so despite Manchester United being favorites, Atleti does have a chance of upsetting them and keeping their hopes of finally winning this tournament.
Inter vs. Liverpool
Two historic teams facing one another is always fun on this competition. Liverpool are the clear favorites to advance to the next round, but don’t underestimate this Inter side. This could be a very close match-up. This will be very interesting to look close.
Bayern Munich (f) vs. Red Bull Salzburgo
Manchester City (f) vs. Sporting
Chelsea (f) vs. Lille
Juventus (f) vs. Villareal
Ajax (f) vs, Benfica
*(f) Favorite team to advance to the next round.