Another week, another round of Champions League games. Lets take a look at how they ended out
Lazio 1 – 4 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich might not be running away from the field this year in the Budesliga, but they sure showed what they are in this Champions League this week. The Barvarians came out early and often with goals from Robert Lewandowski, Jamal Muslala (American), and Leroy Sane in the first half. Lazio also gave up an own goal at the start of the second half to almost guarantee Munich a spot in the quarterfinals. A goal by Joaquin give Lazio a consolation for the game, but overall there was no stopping Bayern in this contest. Lazio got the short end of the stick from a draw perspective, but congrats on making it that far.
Atlectico Madrid 0 – 1 Chelsea
In the upset of the week, Chelsea take down La Liga leaders Atletico thanks to one of the most beautiful overhead kicks in Champions League history. Olivier Giroud turned back the clock 10 years to give Chelsea a major advantage going into the second leg. I would say not to worry about Madrid, but Atlectico only possessed the ball 36& of the time and did not have a single shot on target. There was plenty of talk about Diego Simone playing what appeared to be a 6-3-1 formation and giving Luis Suarez and Jao Felix little help in attack. Thomas Tuchel as yet lose as manager of Chelsea and seems to be the perfect fit for this young energetic team. But this game was made by one play and here it is.
Manchester City 2 – 0 Borussia Monchengladbach
City continue their 19 game win streak with a convincing 2-0 win vs Gladbach. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring in the 29th minute. After that moment, Manchester never really looked in any kind of threat to lose the game. Gabriel Jesus doubled the lead in the in the 65th minute and gave Gladbach and even more difficult hole to dig themselves out of. Pep Guardiola has this City side in the best form they have ever been in. Oh, and just to add some insult to injury in this fixture, neither Sergio Aguero or Kevin De Bryne played meaningful minutes. This could be Citys best opportunity to win the ultimate prize and they need to capitalize soon to make the Middle East investment worth it.
Atalanta 0 – 1 Real Madrid
If you want to see two teams moving in the wrong direction as clubs, look no further than these two teams. Atalanta were hindered early with a red card shown to Remo Freuler in the 19th minute. After the card, Atalanta just had a difficult finding any success in the attack only providing two shots with none on target. Conversely, Real had a great time in attack having 69% of the possession and 19 shots. One small problem though; only four of those shots were on target and only an amazing effort by Ferland Mendy found the back of the net in the 86th minute. Back in the Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale days, this would have been a 4-0, 5-0 score line under the same circumstances. Real need to find goals. The defense will carry them through this round, but if they have to face a Bayern or City, this could be the best this team could hope fot.
Overall, there is still a lot to play for in the round of 16. All games are still within reach (with the exception of Lazio) and many of these teams are still in domestic battles for Champions League spots next year. If I was asked to select the teams I would love to see in the finals, it would include Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Yes, PSG is intriguing as well, but I saw them last year fall short to that amazing Bayern team. Let the other club with the massive investment have an opportunity at it. Also, I really wanna see Leroy Sane play against his old club. I am a huge fan of Sane and was shocked when they let him go for such a small amount of money.
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