Champions League last 16 lowdown, team news, stats: Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland set to star?

The Champions League is again however who’s in form for the last 16 as a bunch of star names go head-to-head?

Porto vs Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo heads again to Portugal with Juventus

  • First leg: February 17, Estadio do Dragao (8pm)
  • Second leg: March 9, Juventus Stadium (8pm)

The team information:

Porto are set to be with out attacking midfielder Otavio once more however Jesus Corona returned from suspension towards Boavista last trip and ought to hold his place alongside Mateus Uribe within the center.

Juventus might be with out injured duo Paulo Dybala and Leonardo Bonucci however Aaron Ramsey has returned to health in time to characteristic.

The kind:

Juventus missed the prospect to shut the hole on the high of Serie A after a 1-0 defeat to Napoli, whereas Porto have been held to 4 successive attracts in all competitions.

What to look out for:

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Porto have been Cristiano Ronaldo’s first opponents within the knockout phases of the Champions League, 17 years in the past. He last confronted them for Manchester United in 2009, scoring the one aim of the sport to take his aspect by to the semi-finals. That in actual fact has been his solely strike in six conferences with Porto; you possibly can guess the evergreen star might be out to finish a mini aim drought again in his homeland.

View from the camps:

Porto defender Pepe: “Juventus have top-class players. In my opinion, they’ve got the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo. We realise it’s going to be very tough but I expect to win.”

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo: “The Champions League is a unique competition. There are so many teams fighting to win, everyone wants it, and it really depends on which moment you’re in when you face teams. It’s important to be mentally ready. Porto are different to us. In the league they are more attacking, while in Europe they are more cautious. We try to play another way, but sometimes we also have to defend.”

Sevilla vs Borussia Dortmund

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Erling Haaland is again on the Champions League aim path

  • First leg: February 17, Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (8pm)
  • Second leg: March 9, Signal Iduna Park (8pm)

The team information:

Sevilla might be in a position to name upon Jesus Navas, who has been handed match after a fortnight on the sidelines with a hip drawback.

Borussia Dortmund have Thomas Meunier again of their squad after the participant missed the last 4 video games due to a knee damage. Thomas Delaney didn’t fly to Spain with the remainder of the squad on Tuesday, together with his spouse anticipating the delivery of their first baby.

The kind:

Sevilla’s relentless run continued with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Huesca – their ninth successive win in all competitions. Borussia Dortmund proceed to stutter domestically against this. Their title hopes have lengthy been dashed however a 2-2 draw towards Hoffenheim last trip means their Champions League qualification probabilities stay in peril.

What to look out for:

Can Erling Haaland sustain his stellar Champions League goalscoring report? The Dortmund hotshot has netted in all of his appearances within the competitors thus far this season and has bagged 16 objectives in 12 video games in Europe’s high membership competitors general, simply surpassing the 20 video games it took Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roberto Soldado to attain that mark.

Haaland was the person who snatched some extent towards Hoffenheim however he berated himself afterwards for lacking a number of first-half probabilities and warned of his intent to make amends. Sevilla, beware.

View from the camps:

Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui: “This is the biggest game of the season so far. It’s the knockout stages of the Champions League and we’re up against a great team with one of Europe’s most prodigious attacking talents. Dortmund are capable of attacking in many ways, both in possession and in transition.”

Dortmund coach Edin Terzic: “Our clear goal is to reach the next round, we will do everything we can. When things don’t go well, we have to stick together – like a family.”

Coming up…

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Manchester City

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says individuals laughed when he urged Ilkay Gundogan may very well be used as a striker, following his two objectives within the 3-0 win over Tottenham

  • First leg: February 24, Puskas Arena, Budapest (8pm)
  • Second leg: March 16, Etihad Stadium (8pm)

What to look out for

Get prepared to hear quadruple and Manchester City in the identical sentence once more. Streaking clear on the high of the Premier League, within the EFL Cup remaining and FA Cup last eight, it is time for the highlight to flip again onto the trophy that has thus far eluded City however Pep Guardiola’s aspect are purring with 16 wins in a row in all competitions.

Kevin De Bruyne may return towards a Gladbach aspect in advantageous kind themselves; how will Guardiola match the Belgian and in-form Ilkay Gundogan in the identical midfield? “It will not be a problem, I promise you!”.

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

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Luis Suarez scored 16 objectives in his first 17 video games for Atletico

  • First leg: February 23, National Arena, Bucharest (8pm)
  • Second leg: March 17, Stamford Bridge (8pm)

What to look out for

There might be no Diego Costa – the previous Chelsea ahead continues to be in search of a brand new membership after leaving Atletico in January – however Luis Suarez is one other acquainted face with earlier when it comes to the Blues. The ex-Liverpool participant, who infamously bit Branislav Ivanovic throughout a 2013 conflict with Chelsea by which he additionally scored a late equaliser, has been the impetus behind Atletico’s title tilt, scoring a league-high 16 objectives.

Chelsea have been the last team to beat Atletico on their very own turf in European competitors – again in September 2017 – however to repeat the trick, they may want to hold Suarez quiet.

Lazio vs Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich gained the Club World Cup

  • First leg: February 23, Olimpico (8pm)
  • Second leg: March 17, Allianz Arena (8pm)

What to look out for

Bayern warmed up for the knockout stage of their Champions League title defence by lifting one other trophy on the Club World Cup. The holders have gone nearly two years with out defeat within the Champions League, have failed to rating solely as soon as of their last 27 matches and have gained 16 of their last 17 video games within the competitors with an general aim distinction of +48.

That seems to be ominous for Lazio, however either side have forwards in lethal kind. Robert Lewandowski has scored 31 objectives in 33 Champions League video games because the begin of the 2017/18 season – greater than some other participant – however Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has eight in his last 9 Champions League begins and outscored Lewandowski throughout Europe’s high leagues last time period.

Atalanta vs Real Madrid

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Eden Hazard is again in coaching after a muscle drawback

  • First leg: February 24, Gewiss Stadium (8pm)
  • Second leg: March 16, Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium (8pm)

What to look out for

Real Madrid are 5 factors behind La Liga leaders Atletico (having performed two video games extra) and are out of the Copa del Rey and Spanish Cup. It’s crunch time now for Zinedine Zidane. Zidane’s aspect got here again from the brink to attain the last 16 as Group B winners however all eyes at the moment are on their European problem, with reviews in Spain claiming the Frenchman’s job is on the road.

Another man beneath scrutiny, Eden Hazard, may return after his newest damage setback. His boss will hope he can lastly discover health and kind.

Last 16 outcomes thus far…

RB Leipzig 0-2 Liverpool: Salah, Mane put Reds in management

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Mohamed Salah is congratulated after giving Liverpool the lead towards RB Leipzig

Liverpool broke a run of three straight defeats and put one foot within the last eight of the Champions League with a 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig.

Barcelona 1-4 PSG: Mbappe hits hat-trick in massive win

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PSG's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his aspect's second aim towards Barcelona

Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick impressed Paris Saint-Germain to an emphatic 4-1 victory at Barcelona within the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Champions League key dates

Round of 16 first legs: February 16/17/23/24

Round of 16 second legs: March 9/10/16/17

Quarter-final and semi-final attracts: March 19

Quarter-finals first legs: April 6/7

Quarter-finals second legs: April 13/14

Semi-finals first legs: April 27/28

Semi-finals second legs: May 4/5

Final: May 29 (Atatürk Olympic Stadium)

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