Champions League Round of 16: Road to the Title!!!


Champions Draw for Round of 16!

Ian Moran '19 and Ezra Assafe '19, Staff Writers

Ronaldo steps on the field, sweat dripping down his forehead and the shouts of 50 thousand people calling his name. The pressure is on his shoulders, is he gonna lead his team or cause their downfall?

Barcelona vs PSG: Barcelona and PSG has been an exciting match up as they have already played each other in the 2015 Champions League Season with Barcelona winning the tie as well as the final against Juventus. With MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) still being the best attacking threat in the competition I think Barcelona will win 2-0

Benfica vs Dortmund:
This is an interesting tie, 2 teams that a quarter final berth is vital for them. Both sides in recent years haven’t gone far in the UCL (UEFA Champions League). My prediction for the First Leg is 0-1 Dortmund.

Real Madrid vs Napoli: Real Madrid have been one of the most dominant teams in modern day history with players such as Bale and Ronaldo. Real won the champions league last year and are looking to do it again. Prediction 3-0

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal: Arsenal has never knocked out Bayern from the UCL, and frankly they never even had a chance as Bayern destroy them every time. Bayern are the favorites for both this first leg (because they are at the fortress, the Allianz Arena) and for the tie in general. My first leg prediction is 5-1. Yes, it seems like a crazy prediction, but that was the score last time the Gunners payed a visit to the Allianz Arena.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Atlético Madrid: Atletico has been one of the biggest forces in soccer throughout the last decade. They have played in 2 champions league finals in the last 3 years and haven’t managed to get the title. They are hungry for a win and hope to go all the way this year. Even though they are playing away, I think Atletico will win this one easily with the likes of Griezmann, Godin and Carrasco. My prediction is 2-0 for Atletico.

Manchester City vs Monaco: Manchester City are one of the most well rounded teams in the competition with stars such as De Bruyne, Agüero, Toure and David Silva. Monaco are always a fairly decent side and are currently in the top of Ligue 1 with 22 points. This could be a tough match for either team and my prediction for this matchup is 1-1 tie.

Porto vs Juventus: Juventus having been knocked out by Bayern in the last year of CL and losing in the final against Barcelona in 2015 are anxious to play against one of the weaker teams in this years matchup. Juventus have a lot of manpower in their team especially with Dybala and Higuain being on fire with 20 combined goals in Serie A this season. Juventus definitely have the upper hand in this tie and I think they will have a comfortable 0-2 win.

Sevilla vs Leicester City: Possibly gonna be the least anticipated match even though both teams have great potential. I don’t think either team will advance much further and I feel like Leicester will win the game due to their star players Mahrez and Vardy. 0-1

Will we be right? Tune in to the games on February 14th and 15th at 2:45 to see if your side is one step closer to the title!

Go support your teams!!!