EFE.- The first leg of the knockout stages of the round of 16 Champions League They are completed between Tuesday and Wednesday, warned by the repercussion of the four matches already played that underlined the determination of footballers like Kylian Mbappe or Earling Haaland to put their respective teams’ classification on track.
In this second shot, four of the major leagues are represented twice. Real Madrid and Atlético from the Spanish LaLiga, Manchester City and Chelsea from the Premier League, Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach from the Bundesliga and Lazio and Atalanta from Serie A.
Four duels of substance submitted, like the others, to the will of the new football, which lacks an atmosphere and an audience in the stands, which limits the local factor, reduces the status of favorite and encourages the expectations of the secondary players.
If the eighth clashes already played were enhanced by the individualities, by the footballers, the remaining ones threaten to be clashes of author teams.
Hansi Flick’s Bayern, Diego Pablo Simeone’s Atlético, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City or Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid. Even Atalanta, by Gian Piero Gasperini, for example.
Meanwhile, the influence of the pandemic remains present in the development of the competition. As happened last week, two teams, Atlético Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach, will have to assume local status outside of their usual stadiums.
The rojiblanco team will host Chelsea at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest and the German representative will play against City at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, forced by the conditions imposed on transfers between some countries due to the virus.
It is the clash of Atlético Madrid against the London team one of the most striking. Simeone’s team is one of the fittest teams on the Old Continent, with the numbers on his side in relation to anyone. Leader of LaLiga Santander above Barcelona and Real Madrid, the rojiblanco team intends to capture its high level in Europe.
He receives Chelsea that has little to do with the group stage. He has improved with the German Tomas Tuchel on the bench, substitute for Frank Lampard. He has achieved stability and his options have grown as well as the performance of his players. Plagued by absences, Atlético will host Chelsea in Bucharest, still far from their expectations.
It will be the match that opens the new round of 16 on Tuesday, together with the clash in Rome between Lazio and Bayern Munich. The defending champion is the German champion.
The Flick team has just reached a milestone with the conquest of the Club World Cup, closing the circle and signing a sextet that previously only Barcelona had achieved.
The Bundesliga leader starts as a favorite against Lazio in one of the most unbalanced duels in the round of 16. Simone Inzaghi’s team is out of the European positions in Serie A.
El Pep in Budapest
On Wednesday February 23, Borussia Monchengladbach will play home in Hungary, in Budapest, against Manchester City, the unquestionable dominator of the Premier who is going through an impeccable career.
The stake comes to the City at the best moment. Settled after the ups and downs of the beginning of the year, the English team intends to extend its triumphant streak that leads to a successful end of the year.
Guardiola puts Borussia Monchengladbach to the test, for the first time in the second round of a Champions League. Marco Rose, already committed to Borussia Dortmund for next season, has left his mark. A leap forward from the coach who has recovered the best version of this historic German entity.
The first leg of the round of 16 is completed with Real Madrid’s commitment to Atalanta. Apparently, by history and tradition, the heads up is uneven. Not so in terms of sensations and level of play.
The Gasperini block, revelation of last year, is daring, without complexes, with self-confidence. It is on the upside after the pothole of weeks ago. He is already in European positions in Serie A.
Real Madrid is a coin in the air. Plagued with casualties, invaded by absences, he is able to survive when he is with the water around his neck but also to frustrate at the least expected moment. Still, the Champions League is his natural space.
Champions League round of 16 schedule:
Tuesday February 23
- Atlético de Madrid vs. Chelsea- 15:00 Peruvian time (20:00 GMT)
- Lazio vs Bayern Munich- 3:00 p.m. Peruvian time (20:00 GMT)
Wednesday February 24
- Atalanta vs. Real Madrid- 15:00 Peruvian time (20:00 GMT)
- Mönchengladbach vs. Manchester City- 15:00 hora peruana (20:00 GMT)
EFE • Futbolperuano.com • Lun, 22 / Feb / 2021 1:51 pm