Draw Champions: the moment of truth

Draw Champions: the moment of truth

Today the draw for the round of 16 of the Champions League was held 2013. The hype has produced very even matches. The big favorites, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona, they have had to dance with the ugliest, Arsenal and City will be a tough test.

The Champions League draw has left two bombshells for the round of 16. The current champions, Bayern Munich will face the Premier League leader, Arsenal, while the Blaugrana will play against one of the most fit teams in Europe, the City of Agüero and Negredo that is on a roll. Real Madrid and Atlético have had a bit more luck. In "Hanged" we analyze all the clashes:

Manchester City vs FC Barcelona.

It will be one of the most even qualifying rounds of these round of 16. FC Barcelona is the leader of the league, while City is one of the fittest teams in Europe. FC Barcelona will have their offensive trident their best asset, for its part, City has in its ranks one of the best pairs of strikers, Kun Agüero and Negredo. Morbidity is guaranteed since Txiki Beriguistain and Soriano will return to the Camp Nou.

Negredo wants to be Barça's nightmare and show Del Bosque that he is the 9 from Spain.
Negredo wants to be Barça's nightmare and show Del Bosque that he is the 9 from Spain.

AC Milan vs Atlético de Madrid.

Atlético de Madrid is the big favorite in this tie. Milan, a 22 Juve points, Calcium leader, is living one of its worst moments in the last 20 years. But do not forget that it is an Italian team. Diego Costa and David Villa will be the great references of the team that directs the "Cholo" Simeone. For its part, AC Milan will have Balotelli as its main asset.

Olympiacos vs Manchester United.

The tie between Greeks and English will be a priori equal. While it is true that United will be favorites, Michel's team will have their options. The losing streak of “red devils”, where they are nine points away from the Champions League places in the Premier presage an even tie. Rooney and Van Persie are still the danger in the English. In the greeks, Kosta Mitroglou will take danger to the goal defended by De Gea.

Olympiakos and Mitroglou are a more than real threat to United.
Olympiakos and Mitroglou are a more than real threat to United.

Galatasaray vs Chelsea.

A very even duel between the English and the Turks. Mourinho's team starts as a favorite, but watch out for the Galatasaray, Juventus has already been charged. Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge will be one of the attractions of the tie, The one from Ivory Coast is a beloved player in London. Chelsea will have to get a good result in the hell from Ali Sami Yen where there will be a very hostile environment, With almost 55.000 spectators cheering incessantly.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Paris Saint-Germain.

Parisians are the favorites in this pairing. Blanc's team looks far superior on paper. Both Cavani and Ibrahimovic are among the best forwards in Europe. The men directed by Sami Hyppiä will have it very difficult. Rolfes and the "tank" Stefan Kießling are the best players in the German team.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the best strikers in the world and one of the threats of PSG.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the best strikers in the world and one of the threats of PSG.

Schalke 04 vs Real Madrid.

The squires (The miners) they have been lucky enough to Real Madrid. Of course the whites will have no problem moving on to the next round. The Schalke 04 is one of the weakest teams in this round. Los Cristiano, Bale, Isco,… They will have the possibility to deploy their entire offensive arsenal against a squad that has its weakest point in its defense. A pity that Raúl no longer plays with the miners, in what would have been his return to the Bernabeú.

Zenit vs Borussia Dortmund.

The cold and the Hulk will be the main obstacles so that the European runner-up will not be among the eight best teams in Europe. Dortmund leaves as favorites despite not being at their best. With the Bundesliga lost, Borussia will have an opportunity in the Champions League to lift a trophy this year. Reus and Lewandowski will be his main weapons, although we will have to be very attentive to Aubameyang, one of the sensations in the German championship.

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich.

Without a doubt one of the games of the year. Two very similar styles, two coaches playing on the attack, without a doubt the Guardiola-Wenger duel is one of the morbidities of this tie. The two teams lead their respective championships. Although the current champion, Bayern starts as favorites. In such an open tie, playing the second leg at home will give the Bavarian team a certain advantage. OzÏl and Ramsey are the fittest players for the gunners. At Bayern he will have Müller, Ribery and Robben as most dangerous men.

Arsenal will seek revenge for the defeat suffered by Bayern in the last Champions League.
Arsenal will seek revenge for the defeat suffered by Bayern in the last Champions League.

We must recognize the existence of several very attractive duels. Spanish teams start with plenty of options to go to the next round. The first leg matches will be played on days 18, 19, 25 Y 26 February, the return will be in March, the days 11, 12, 18 Y 19. Since "Hanged", We wish all the teams luck and that injuries do not harm any team in the best club competition in the world. The show is served.

 

 

 

 

Koldo Sandoval

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