Five things to expect from this week’s UCL Round of 16 Fixtures

The UEFA Champions League is back after its usual hiatus of just over two months. After the group stage, the 32 teams have been reduced to 16, and now the serious part of the tournament begins. The part about which epics have been written and where legends are made, etching their names in history. As the first 4 of the 8 ties of this round begin tonight and tomorrow, here are 5 things you can see from this week’s UCL knockout matches: –

Goals Galore

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PSG Vs Real, Inter Vs Liverpool, City Vs Sporting and Salzburg Vs Bayern – Just looking that these matchups, you already know that a heck of a lot of goals is going to be scored. With the likes of Messi, Neymar, Mbappe, Benzema, Salah, Mane, Lewandowski, among many other stars on display, playing some scintillating attacking football, lots of goals being scored is not even an expectation, it is a fact.

Giants Asserting Their Dominance

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The first leg games aren’t normally known for giant-killing. Bayern and City are likely to put out their full might and make a display of their class. Of course, Sporting and Salzburg are likely to fight very valiantly, but no matter how good, sometimes, the better teams are just a touch above their reach.

MMN Vs the Galacticos

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Messi hasn’t hit the ground running with PSG yet. However, he has started showing glimpses of his greatness. With him facing his eternal foes – Real Madrid, he is likely to all out. Mbappe, too, would want to show his would-be next club just what he will bring next season, and Neymar will likely be fired up to face the European Giants. The Galacticos have themselves been amazing. Ancelotti has shown the world that it was the club and players at Everton that were bad, not him. A true match of Champions Vs Challengers, this tie will be a feast to watch.

The Salah-Mane Show

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Salah and Mane returned to Liverpool last week. However, their performance for the club at the weekend was rather lack-lustre. However, this is likely due to fatigue. Salah and Mane, both played the full African Cup of Nations, captaining their sides and facing each other in the final, where Mane’s Senegal eventually triumphed. Fatigue would’ve set in to manage all that pressure. But, they’ll likely have shrugged it off by now and will be ready to once again give their all for the Reds.

Inter’s Defiance.

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Though Conte and Lukaku left them last summer, Inter Milan have done pretty well for themselves. They currently sit in second place in the Serie A, fighting for the Scudetto, all due to Inzaghi and his impeccable defensive system. Though they face a True European Giant in Liverpool, with Klopp leading some of the greatest players to currently play football, they will fight them tooth and nail for every inch of the field.  

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