February 26, 2016
Our spherical-up of the Champions League Spherical of 16 sees Lionel Messi hitting two to thrust aside Arsenal, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his 12th of the campaign in a victory more than Roma, and Gentleman City get a peek behind the door of the past eight for the very first time in the golf equipment heritage.
Barcelona remains the favourites to keep their Champions League crown just after a snug victory more than Arsenal at the Emirates in the Spherical of 16.
It would seem the only way to participate in towards Barcelona is to let them have the ball, hope the trident up front has an off day, and to capitalise on some sloppy defending at the back again.
The dilemma with a method like that?
Your total squad demands to be on point for 100% of the video game. You have to target and perform more durable than at any other time in the year. This is Barcelona, the greatest workforce in the environment.
Two lapses in focus authorized the greatest footballer in the environment to place the video game over and above Arsenal with ninety far more minutes to participate in. The very first came in the 71st minute when the Arsenal midfield pack failed to hold speed with the extraordinary Neymar. The Brazilian streaked very clear, side-footed the ball to the onrushing Lionel Messi, and two touches afterwards the ball was in the back again of the net.
That very first contact by Messi, as pure as it appeared, was pure class. It was the change in between the top echelons of the video game and the relaxation. It place Petr Cech on his ass. 9 out of ten gamers would have panicked and strike the ball straight at him.
Messi manufactured it two from the penalty spot 12-minutes afterwards when Matthieu Flamini came on as a sub, and with his very first contribution, upended the Argentinian in the space. Messi subsequently dusted himself off to place the ball into the net with undue fuss.
Arsenal experienced their odds. Most notably a six-yard sitter by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and a header palmed broad from Olivier Giroud. In the very first half, Aaron Ramsay seemed superior plenty of to participate in for the other side, as did Alexis Sanchez, but the a single gentleman who let the side down was Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman was wasteful, lazy, and seemed way out of his depth on a field total of the greatest gamers on earth.
Arsenal now go to the Nou Camp on Wed 16 March hoping for a wonder.
In accordance to the bookies, there are only two teams that have the capacity of stopping Barcelona from getting the very first side to keep the Champions League trophy given that the new format was launched in the 1992/ninety three year.
Bayern Munich (3/one)
Bayern Munich is eight details very clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga and 23 details very clear of Hertha BSC in third. They have scored fifty six moments and only conceded 11.
In the Champions League, they gained five of their six video games (losing absent to Arsenal), scored 19 and only conceded 3 (two of them ended up in that Arsenal video game).
They are a juggernaut, and for the very first 45-minutes absent at Juventus, they seemed like a single, they felt like a single, and they moved like a single. Past year’s finalists ended up a long-lasting fixture in their own half, and the video game seemed all more than with 30-minutes remaining just after Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben experienced specified the Germans a two- direct.
“Juventus manufactured it to past year’s final, not us. We’re not dealing with a workforce from the provinces.” Claimed Bayern’s mentor Pep Guardiola.
The Old Lady pulled up her stockings, threw down the zimmer body and begun taking part in back again. They came into this video game on the back again of a run that observed them conceding only once in their preceding 11 matches. They are manufactured of stern stuff, as it was confirmed when Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro scored in the 63rd and 76th minute to set up an attention-grabbing next leg on Wed, 16 March.
Actual Madrid (3/one)
Actual Madrid was the only other side, apart from Barcelona, who came by means of the group levels with no suffering defeat. Their two- get absent at Roma signifies they have now netted 21-moments and only conceded 3. Only Bayern Munich can match that document.
They could have played in grey, but there was nothing at all uninteresting and dreary about them as they swept Roma absent with a masterful absent functionality. The tie is as superior as dead and buried.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his thirty third intention of the year in the 57th minute. It was his twelfth Champions League intention of the year which means all bets are off for the Golden Boot award. He hasn’t scored this a lot of Champions league targets given that he smashed 17 into the back again of the net back again in the 2013/fourteen campaign Jese Rodriguez sealed things with 4 minutes remaining.
Gentleman City (28/one)
If you extravagant an outdoors wager, then glimpse no even more than the 28/one getting available for a set of blue ribbons from Manchester getting slung all around the Champions League trophy.
City was immense absent at Dynamo Kyiv and are odds on to go by means of to the past eight for the very first time in the club’s heritage just after a snug 3-one victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo and the front three at Barcelona are anything distinctive. Sergio Aguero would not glimpse out of spot kicking the ball all around the park with any of them. David Silva is the key gentleman for City. He was at the coronary heart of all the things, but, far more importantly, was the solidity of the midfield and their desire to perform.
City will often rating targets.
It’s at the other finish in which their cracks start to look. Vincent Kompany seemed his regular fantastic self, but the relaxation of the back again line are very suspect, to say the minimum, but then yet again, so are Barcelona’s at moments.
In this article is a total rundown of the relaxation of the Spherical of 16 1st Leg effects.
Spherical of 16 Final results (1st Leg)
Paris St Germain two v one Chelsea
Benfica one v Zenit
Gent two v 3 Wolfsburg
Roma v two Actual Madrid
Arsenal v two Barcelona
Juventus two v two Bayern Munich
PSV Eindhoven v Athletic Madrid
Dynamo Kyiv one v 3 Gentleman City
Champions League Latest Odds
Bayern Munich 3/one
Actual Madrid 3/one
Paris St Germain nine/one
Athletico Madrid fourteen/one
Gentleman City 12/one
Arsenal two hundred/one
PSV Eindhoven 150/one
Roma five hundred/one
Gent a thousand/one
Dynamo Kiev 2500/one