Champions League last-16 draw: tie-by-tie evaluation | Champions League

Liverpool v Actual Madrid

Final month, Actual Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, advocating for a Tremendous League, lamented that his membership had confronted Liverpool in simply 9 aggressive video games. His want for him for extra has been granted earlier than he anticipated and maybe he would have preferred it. Actual beat Liverpool moderately comfortably in final season’s finale and had few points topping a comparatively simple group, whereas Liverpool have suffered a depressing begin to the season. With Mohamed Salah returning to kind, although, Jürgen Klopp’s aspect could have improved by February and, out of the title race, can afford to concentrate on Europe. Aurélien Tchouaméni has joined Actual and Eduardo Camavinga was starting to make an impression final season, however the sense stays that the post-Casemiro midfield is but to be actually examined.

Winners Liverpool.

RB Leipzig’s André Silva is congratulated after scoring towards Manchester Metropolis final season. {Photograph}: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Photographs

RB Leipzig v Manchester Metropolis

These groups met in final season’s group stage, Metropolis successful 6-3 on the Etihad earlier than a 2-1 defeat in Germany, with qualification lengthy since secured. Within the first of these video games, Leipzig have been managed by Jesse Marsch; within the second by the caretaker Achim Beierlorzer. Since then Domenico Tedesco has come and gone and now, underneath Marco Rose, there was a big upturn. Saturday’s 3-1 win at Hoffenheim prolonged Leipzig’s unbeaten run to 11 video games and so they have been prolific in that point. The entrance 4 of André Silva, Dominik Szoboszlai, Christian Nkunku and Timo Werner, who must be again from his ankle harm by February, will take a look at Metropolis on the counter.

Winners Manchester Metropolis.

Membership Brugge v Benfica

Membership Brugge have been the good shock of the group stage, successful their first three video games with out conceding a objective. They secured progress with a 0-0 draw at Atlético Madrid, however the heavy house defeat to Porto that finally value them prime spot maybe gave a more true impression of their talents: no pushovers, well-organised, however basically restricted. Benfica, in the meantime, ended the group stage in joyous kind, with Rafa Silva and João Mario enjoying most likely one of the best soccer of their careers. There could also be defensive considerations however, much more than the 6-1 win at Maccabi Haifa that meant they topped the group, the 4-3 win over Juventus, when they need to have gained much more convincingly, demonstrated simply how harmful Roger Schmidt’s aspect could be.

Winners Benfica.

AC Milan v Tottenham

Tottenham haven’t misplaced to Milan of their 4 earlier conferences, a Peter Crouch objective giving them a 1-0 win at San Siro of their final tie in 2010-11, however how good they’re in the meanwhile is anybody’s guess. Hampered by accidents to forwards, with a bizarre lack of ability to play within the first half (significantly when Dejan Kulusevski is absent) and a dislocation between the midfield and the ahead line, their outcomes have been fairly higher than performances to date this season. The Italian champions have suffered solely two defeats in Serie A and have in Rafael Leão probably the most thrilling forwards in Europe, however they have been desperately poor in dropping twice to Chelsea in the course of the group phases, with accidents supplied just some excuse.

Winners Tottenham.

André-Frank Zambo Anguissa celebrates scoring Napoli's second goal in their 4-1 win against Liverpool in September
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa celebrates scoring Napoli’s second objective of their 4-1 win towards Liverpool in September. {Photograph}: Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Photographs

Eintracht Frankfurt v Napoli

Prime of Serie A, unbeaten domestically and massively spectacular within the group stage, Napoli would be the most severe Italian challengers since Juventus determined 5 league titles in 5 seasons simply wasn’t ok and removed Massimiliano Allegri. They’re enjoying quick, dynamic soccer underneath Luciano Spalletti and, after the failure of Italy, Nigeria and Georgia to qualify for the World Cup, they’ve an uncommon variety of gamers who must be refreshed by a winter break. However unfazed as they might be underneath Oliver Glasner, Eintracht Frankfurt have turn out to be masters of the European away leg. Their Europa League success final season featured victories at Actual Betis, Barcelona and West Ham, and this season they gained on the highway towards Marseille and, once they completely wanted it, Sporting.

Winners Naples.

Borussia Dortmund v Chelsea

After a shaky begin, progress from the group ended up being simple for Chelsea, however this can be a membership nonetheless present process transition because the current league defeats to Brighton and Arsenal have proven. There have been issues to be addressed within the squad even earlier than the issues of sanctions, and up to date accidents have uncovered the imbalances that Graham Potter might want to resolve. With Sevilla in depressing kind, Borussia Dortmund certified for the final 16 simply sufficient, thanks in no small half to a 4-1 win in Spain, a sport that highlighted simply how necessary Jude Bellingham has turn out to be to Alen Terzic’s aspect. He could also be solely 19 however solely he, Julian Brandt and Nico Schlotterbeck have performed all 13 league video games for his or her membership this season.

Winners Chelsea.

Internazionale v Porto

Porto path Benfica by eight factors domestically however they confirmed admirable resolve to bounce again from successive defeats at first of the group stage to qualify with 4 wins in a row. After struggling a knee harm a month in the past, Pepe is a doubt for the World Cup however Porto ought to have his expertise again on the coronary heart of the protection for the final 16. This has not been a simple season domestically for Internazionale and so they have been twice effectively -beaten by Bayern Munich, however two high quality counterattacking performances towards Barcelona ensured progress to the knockout part for under the second time up to now decade. If Romelu Lukaku can rediscover his kind and health, his partnership with Lautaro Martínez represents a serious risk.

Winners Port.

PSG's Keylor Navas concedes the only goal of the 2020 Champions League final to Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman
PSG’s Keylor Navas concedes the one objective of the 2020 Champions League last to Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman (second proper). {Photograph}: Miguel A Lopes/AP

Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich

For a lot of the group stage Paris Saint-Germain gave the impression to be cruising to prime spot, however they have been undone on the final by Benfica’s flurry away to Maccabi Haifa and are punished with a repeat of the 2020 last. In a way they fell right into a lure they’d dug themselves by drawing at house towards Benfica the day after tales broke of Kylian Mbappé’s supposed unhappiness of him on the membership. The competing egos will all the time be the largest problem for a PSG coach. Bayern are prime of the Bundesliga once more, however 4 attracts and a defeat at Augsburg have led to a certain quantity of looking about Julian Nagelsmann, regardless of six wins out of six within the Champions League. His file of him in large European video games just isn’t sensible.

Winners Bayern Munich.

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