Champions the group stage, scoring a record

Champions League is where the elite teams of Europe plays football for that one magical trophy. And here we are again with another season of the greatest league where every players, team and managers want to mark their flag. The champions league group stages have been settled down and it has come down to top 16 teams in Europe who are ready to beat each other in the most thrilling competition around the world.

The Following are the fixture for the knockout stage :1) Real Madrid Vs Paris Saint Germain.   The most thrilling encounter in the champions league knockout stage. The one who wins this tie is surely going to be in final. Real Madrid are encountering are shaky run right now in La Liga. The forwards are not scoring enough goals despite of having 5 times Ballon D’or winner C.

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Ronaldo and on the other side the for the french champions the goals have been pouring down with the likes of Neymar, Cavani and the golden boy Mbappe. But Real Madrid doesn’t backs down easily. And in champions league they are always on the 5th gear.

 Zidane side having already won the champions league last year and they would like to complete a third in a row. PSG was the best side in Europe during the group stage, scoring a record 25 times. Though they lost their final group game against Bayern Munich, the Parisians still managed to grab the top spot by being magnificently ruthless.2) Shakhtar Donetsk Vs RomaThis tie also looks like a brilliant match on offer as both sides have impressed in equal measures this season. No one had predicted AS Roma to top their group ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Atletico Madrid whereas Shakhtar Donetsk managed to fend off Napoli’s pressure to qualify as the runners-up in their group. Roma are having a solid season so far with Radja Nainggolan and Edin Dzeko being the star performers whereas former Newcastle United striker, Facundo Ferreyra has been on fire for Shakhtar.

He has already scored 20 goals this season and is looking like the real deal. Playing in Donetsk, Ukraine has seen the best of sides crumble and it may prove to be just the case for the Romans as well. 3) Bayern Munich Vs Besiktas.In one of the most interesting groups this season, Besiktas managed to top with 14 points which included the likes of Leipzig, Monaco and Porto. The Turkish giants have been brilliant going forward with the strike force of Cenk Tosun and Alvaro Negredo wreaking havoc for the oppositionBut their opponents in the knockout stage will be a hell lot tougher than any of the sides they have faced this season. Bayern Munich qualified with ease but a brutal loss to PSG made the Bavarians change their manager.

They are one of the regulars to reach the final four in Europe and this season is expected to be no different. But an over-reliance on Robert Lewandowski may hurt their cause in winning their sixth European title. 4) Chelsea Vs Barcelona.

These two sides have provided us with some of the most iconic and controversial knockout matches in the Champions League history. And this bitter rivalry is set to be revisited as Antonio Conte will take his Blues to a resurgent FC Barcelona side. The Catalans obviously look the better side at the moment with a Lionel Messi inspired performances taking them over Juventus in the group stage and winning the group with ease. On the other hand, Chelsea struggled against AS Roma and Atletico Madrid at times and failed to win theirs albeit tough group. 5)  Manchester United Vs SevillaThe Europa League experts had to work hard to reach this stage as 9 points from six games managed them to match their highest ever finish in the Champions League. Their 3-3 draw with Liverpool, coming from three goals behind was the highlight of the Champions League so far.

Manchester United, on the other hand, have been clinical in Europe. Barring a loss against FC Basel, United did not have to break a sweat in the group stage with Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba starring for the Red Devils. A trip to Seville and a game at the Ramon Sanchez Piszjuan stadium is never an easy task but Jose Mourinho does have enough firepower in his artillery to get past the Spanish side. 6) FC Porto Vs Liverpool.Liverpool’s Fab Four were at their dangerous best in the Champions League group stage and despite some disappointing draws, the Reds managed to win their group, scoring 23 goals in 6 games. FC Porto were one of the surprise packages this season as the Portuguese giants defeated the likes of AS Monaco and RB Leipzig with ease.

FC Porto are a dangerous proposition at home with the same can be said about their opponents. Mohammad Salah has been one of the best players in the Champions League so far and he will be up against Porto’s Vincent Aboubakar who has already bagged 20 goals this season. Though this looks like a cakewalk for Liverpool on paper, FC Porto can prove to be a tricky draw for Jurgen Klopp and his men. 7)  FC Basel Vs Manchester City.The Swiss side could not have asked for a tougher fixture than this as the team from Basel will fight over two legs against probably the most in-form side in the world. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are on a roll this season and except a surprising blip against Shakhtar Donetsk in the final group game, they have looked imperious. FC Basel have levelled with their best ever display in the Champions League whereas Manchester City are looking to better their 2015/16 haul of reaching the final four.

Basel have proved to be more than a handful for English sides in the previous few years (they beat Manchester United 1-0 this season at home) but this City side are expected to brush them aside with ease. 8) Juventus Vs Tottenham Hotspurs.Last year’s finalists will take on one of the most in-form sides in Europe at the moment with Juventus ready to face the winners from the group of death – Tottenham Hotspur. Mauricio Pochettino’s men managed to win their group handsomely which consisted of the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund and accumulated as many as 16 points. Juventus, on the other hand, had to recover from their opening day loss to FC Barcelona and survived a scare at the hands of Sporting Lisbon.

The Bianconeri look like a different unit without Leonardo Bonucci but have still managed to play at their strategic best. This match is set to be a direct battle between two future Ballon d’Or candidates in the form of Harry Kane and Paulo Dybala.


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