UEFA Champions League is like a fantasy for football lovers all over the world. It’s like a dream to watch every game, the spirit, the excitation fans are giving to their beloved club and as an outcome, the world gets a chance to experience those exceptional form factors inside every footballer. The finishes, the goal line saves, or a charming tackle maybe in every league game it can happen but if it is Champions League always an extra form factor works behind it.
Now, from tomorrow Round 1 Group of 16 will be played. Every week 4 games will be played and it is divided into two games each day means two days in every week Champions League Round of 16 will happen.
Tomorrow will be the first day of the first two matches of the round of 16 will happen.
The first match will happen between RB Leipzig and Liverpool at Puskás Aréna. It will be the first competitive match between The Red bulls and The Reds. Leipzig is unbeaten in their last six home matches in the UEFA Champions league whereas Liverpool is unbitten in their last five away games against the German side.
In RB Leipzig side the first eleven will be Gulácsi; Klostermann, Orban, Upamecano; Mukiele, Sabitzer, Kampl, Angeliño; Nkunku, Olmo; Poulsen.
Where Forsberg is out for his knee Injury also Laimer for knee and Szoboszlai for the groin.
In Liverpool side the first eleven will be Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Henderson, Robertson; Thiago Alcántara, Wijnaldum, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Mané.
Where Milner for hamstring Injury, Matip for ankle Injury, Keïta for hamstring Injury, Jota for knee Injury, Gomez for knee Injury, Van Dijk for knee Injury are out.
Also, Fabinho (muscular), Davies (knock), Kelleher (knock), Origi (hamstring) are doubtful.
It’s obvious that Liverpool is facing so much pressure for their health conditions. Many gems of their team are out for injury Van Dijk, Origi, also others took a vital role in last season League. Whereas Leipzig will come skipping Laimer who also takes the vital role. Now, who will perform well will be the question.
Another high-pressure match will between Barcelona and PSG on the same day which is tomorrow at Camp Nou.
The Spanish Giants have knocked out Les Parisiens in each of their last three UEFA Champions league Knock-out ties. So it can be more precious to the Paris SG.
In Barcelona side Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Messi, Griezmann, Dembélé will be the first eleven.
Where Coutinho for knee, Roberto for hamstring, Ansu Fati for meniscus, Araújo ankle are out.
And Piqué for match fitness, Braithwaite adductor is doubtful.
And in PSG side Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Gueye, Verratti, Paredes; Kean, Icardi, Mbappé will be the first eleven.
Where Bernat for knee, Neymar for adductor, Di María for thigh, Dagba for thigh, Pembélé for illness are out.
It can be a comeback match for PSG but the main scorer Neymar is out, also their hidden gem Di María is out also. So, moments can be crucial when it comes to the scoring opportunity for a team, and a finisher like Neymar if not available it can be much harder. Whereas Piqué is not there on Barca’s side. So the defense can be on the weaker side for Barca. Also, Araújo and young wonder Ansu Fati is not there so Barca have also a pressure to perform without those gems.
Another day of this week will be the 18th of February where the other two matches will happen.
The first match of that day will between Porto and Juventus at Estádio do Dragão.
the Dragons have never beaten Zebre in five previous encounters in European competition. They did draw for once and lose four times in the previous battles.
In Porto side the first eleven will be Marchesín; Manafá, Pepe, Mbemba, Zaidu; Sérgio Oliveira, Uribe, Otávio; Corona, Marega, Díaz.
Where Nanu is out for a concussion.
In Juventus side will be the first eleven Szczęsny; Danilo, Bonucci, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Chiesa, Rabiot, Bentancur, McKennie; Morata, Ronaldo
Where Cuadrado for thigh, Arthur for leg are out.
Also, Dybala for knee, Ramsey for thigh are doubtful.
For Proto this Match will be very vital they have to win because the match will happen in their home ground. The home ground match always goes on the easier side because they know their side also the pressure for this type of vital match is less than the away matches but for Juventus, the main worry will be their away match where players like Dybala, Arthur are not present.
And the last match of this week of Champions League round of 16 will between Sevilla and Dortmund at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
BVB have won none of their last ten away matches against Spanish opposition in UEFA Champions league whereas RED-Whites have hosted German opposition 12 times in previous European completion and lost only one.
In Dortmund side Hitz; Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Can, Delaney; Sancho, Reus, Reyna; Haaland will be the first eleven.
Where Meunier for knee, Piszczek for thigh, Schmelzer for knee, Witsel for Achilles, Zagadou for hamstring are out.
Also, Bürki for shoulder, Hazard for thigh are doubtful.
In Sevilla side Bounou; Aleix, Koundé, D Carlos, Escudero; Jordán, Fernando, Rakitić; Suso, En Nesyri, P Gómez will be the first eleven
Where Acuña for thigh, Navas for muscular, Ocampos for ankle are out.
This match becomes pivotal for BVB because they lost more away matches against Spanish opposition. Also players like Meunier, Bürki is not present in the first eleven which can be harder for an away match which comes with more mental pressure. For Sevilla it is also not an easy game if the opponent is German blood, they can change anything in no time, lets match will tell everything.