Following the draw for the final 16 of the Champions League on Monday, we check out which groups appear finest positioned to problem for European membership soccer’s high prize.
- Manchester City
Pep Guardiola’s facet would have been many individuals’s tricks to
win the match before the draw, however the reality they had been handed a tie against
outsiders Schalke seems to have additional underlined their credentials.
City might have by no means made it past the semi-finals of the
match, however their squad oozes high quality and with the likes of Kevin de
Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and David Silva set to return to full health, they could
properly hit full velocity just in time for the knockout phases.
One stumbling block for City could be the very fact they’re embroiled in a Premier League title battle with Liverpool, which can must take precedence.
PSG are similar to Man City within the reality they’ve moved
to the forefront of the European game during the last decade, however they’re but to
mount a critical problem for Champions League glory.
The French champions have lost within the final 16 stage of the
Champions League in every of the final two seasons and so they haven’t made it
past the quarter-finals this century.
However, after topping a tough group that additionally contained
Liverpool and Napoli, and the very fact they’ve seemingly already wrapped up the
Ligue 1 title before Christmas, it actually appears Thomas Tuchel’s facet can
throw all their eggs within the European basket.
PSG will definitely head into their final 16 tie with
Manchester United as favourites, notably if the current unrest at Old
Trafford remains unresolved.
Barcelona actually know what it takes to be topped
champions of Europe, attaining the feat for the fifth time in 2015, and they’ll
fancy their chances of seeing off Lyon within the final 16.
It looks like Barca haven’t absolutely hit their stride this
season both domestically or in Europe, which appears unusual seeing as they
topped their Champions League group and are main the way in which in La Liga.
The Blaugrana have, nevertheless, turned up within the massive games (ask
JulenLopetegui and Real Madrid) and any team that has Lionel Messi of their
line-up needs to be taken critically.
This could also be one thing of a left discipline suggestion, however the
Portuguese champions have been in tremendous form this season and so they have been
handed a beneficial draw against a Roma facet that aren’t the team they had been
final time period.
Porto took 16 factors from a doable 18 through the group
phases and so they have European expertise all through their team.
If they’ll make it via to the quarter-finals then they
will definitely begin dreaming of a repeat of 2004, when Jose Mourinho led them
to European glory.