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The Champions League is back, but who is in shape for the last 16, such as a series of star names from head to toe?

The first sections of the four knockout matches will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday – with some games taking place in unknown locations due to the coronavirus pandemic – before the remaining four matches begin next week.

From form and team news to topics that might emerge, get down to our tie-by-tie analysis.

RB Leipzig vs Liverpool

Liverpool are turning their attention to the Champions League after their third consecutive defeat in the Premier League
  • First match: February 16, Puskas Arena, Budapest (20:00)
  • Rematch: March 10, Anfield (20:00)

Team news

Liverpool it looks like he will be without Fabinho again after the player missed training on Monday. Naby Keita was included in Monday’s session, but Tuesday’s game comes too early for the midfielder.

RB Leipzig will be without Konrad Laimer, Dominik Szoboszlai and Emil Forsberg.


Liverpool fell to an unimaginable third consecutive defeat as they imploded at Leicester, prompting Jurgen Klopp to recognize the Premier League title. RB Leipzig, meanwhile, is flying; they achieved four wins in a row with a 2-1 win at home from Augsburg to maintain the heat against Bayern Munich.

What to look out for

The inequality that sets the semifinalists of 2020 with the winners of 2019 also sees Jurgen Klopp going to meet young compatriot Julian Nagelsmann, a rising coaching star at the German school of pressing. “He’s a great, great coaching talent,” Klopp said three years ago when Liverpool took over Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim at the competition. The tactical battle will be fascinating, but Liverpool need a result, whatever the method, to stop the decline.

View from the camps

Jurgen Klopp


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is “full of energy” amid speculation that he could leave his role and supports Premier League champions to overcome indifferent form

Chief of RB Leipzig Julian Nagelsmann: “We are in a good run. They are small favorites based on their international experience, but we have shown that we can stick against such teams, both last and this season in a very difficult group stage. We have clearly developed as a team.”

The head of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp: “It’s a combination of different things that have happened, we have to keep going. We can’t sit down, we have to be dominant. It’s a huge challenge, but I’m ready, the guys are ready and we’ll do our best to sort.”

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold: “It’s a different competition, which always refreshes him. A different mentality going into it … it’s exciting.”

Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain

Mauricio Pochettino suffered his first defeat as PSG manager in Lorient
Mauricio Pochettino is ready for his bow in the Champions League with PSG
  • First match: February 16, Nou Camp (20:00)
  • Rematch: March 10, Prince’s Park (20:00)

Team news

Barcelona could welcome Gerard Pique, but Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho are on the sidelines.

PSGs Neymar injured his thigh in a cup match against Caen and missed, as did Angel Di Maria with his own muscle problem, but midfielder Marco Verratti has recovered from a hip injury.


Barcelona climbed to third place in the League after four consecutive victories, and Lionel Messi is in the track. He scored twice in the Alaves route to score 15 goals in the League season for the 13th year in a row. PSG returned from defeat to a weak Lorient with four consecutive victories, but Pochettino is still refining his system.

What to look out for

Can PSG take revenge La Remontada? Barcelona knocked out PSG in each of the last three knockout draws in the Champions League, but the memory of ‘Return’ – an incredible 6: 1 victory, while Barcelona reversed the first game with 4: 0 in 2016/17. – It still hurts a lot. Neymar, who scored twice for the Spaniards that night, has been ruled out of a rematch with a groin injury, so Mauricio Pochettino, leading PSG for the first time in this competition, will hope to be inspired by Kylian Mbappe instead, this time over two legs.

The French eyes will be fixed on Messi; PSG’s search for a player without a contract for the summer adds additional intrigue to a rivalry full of recent history. “Messi belongs to Barca and I have a lot of hope that he will stay here,” Ronald Koeman fired ahead of the clash.

View from the camps

The head of Barcelona Ronald Koeman: “We will enter the match with great enthusiasm. We have known for a long time that it is a very difficult relationship because Paris has a strong team. It is a very interesting relationship because Barça has progressed in recent months and Paris will have two interesting and beautiful games. Messi is the best player in the world and we need him in the best shape. Kylian Mbappé is very fast and can complicate things a lot, but these games should be enjoyed. “

Head of PSG Mauricio Pochettino: “Winning the UEFA Champions League is the club’s main goal. Important players will really be missing, but the team can’t wait to play this game and will do their best to win. These players want to build something for the club and its history. We want to shape the true identity of Paris. “

Porto vs Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after Juventus set 1-0 against Roma (AP)
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Portugal with Juventus
  • First match: February 17, Estadio do Dragao (20:00)
  • Rematch: March 9, Juventus Stadium (20:00)

Team news



Juventus missed the opportunity to reduce the gap at the top of Serie A after the 1-0 defeat by Napoli, while Porto had four consecutive draws in all competitions.

What to look out for

Porto were Cristiano Ronaldo’s first opponents in the knockout phase of the Champions League, 17 years ago. He last faced them for Manchester United in 2009, scoring the only goal of the game that took him to the semi-finals. It was, in fact, his only strike in six meetings with Porto; you can bet that the evergreen star will come to an end to the mini naked drought in his homeland.

View from the camps

Porto defender Pepe: “Juventus has top players. In my opinion, they have the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo. We understand that it will be very difficult, but I expect a victory.”

Juventus’ Danilo: “Porto is always a difficult side to face in matches like this. I expect a huge challenge.”

Sevilla vs Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland in action for Borussia Dortmund
Erling Haaland is back on the goal track of the Champions League
  • First match: February 17, Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (20:00)
  • Rematch: March 9, Signal Iduna Park (20:00)

Team news



Seville’s relentless run continued with a tough 1-0 win over Huesca – their ninth consecutive win in all competitions. Borussia Dortmund continues to stutter at home, unlike them. Hopes for their titles have long since dashed, but a 2-2 draw against Hoffenheim for the last time means their chances of qualifying for the Champions League are still in jeopardy.

What to look out for

Can Erling Haaland maintain his star record in scoring goals in the Champions League? The Dortmund hotshot has scored in all appearances in the competition so far this season and scored 16 goals in 12 games in Europe’s top club competition, easily surpassing the 20 games it took Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robert Soldad to reach that limit.

Haaland was the man who snatched a point against Hoffenheim but later blamed himself for missing several chances in the first half and warning of his intention to correct himself. Seville, look out.

View from the camps

Defender of Seville Jules Kounde: “Whoever we face, we will do our best to move on to the next phase.”

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

Coming …

B Monchengladbach vs Manchester City

Manchester City from Ilkay Gundogan


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says people laughed when he suggested that Ilkay Gundogan could be used as a striker, after his two goals in a 3-0 win over Tottenham

  • First match: February 24, Puskas Arena, Budapest (20:00)
  • Rematch: March 16, Etihad Stadium (20:00)

What to look out for

Prepare to hear the quadruple and Manchester City in the same sentence again. Clean at the top of the Premier League, in the EFL Cup final and FA Cup, the last eight, it’s time for the spotlight to return to the trophy so far eluded City, but Pep Guardiola’s team is struggling with 16 wins in a row in all competitions.

Kevin De Bruyne could himself return to the ranks of Gladbach in good shape; how will Guardiola place the Belgian and Ilkay Gundogan in form in the same midfield? “It won’t be a problem, I promise you!”.

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez scored 16 goals in the first 17 games for Atletico
  • First match: February 23, National Arena, Bucharest (20:00)
  • Rematch: March 17, Stamford Bridge (20:00)

What to look out for

It won’t be Diego Costa – the former Chelsea striker is still looking for a new club after leaving Atletico in January – but Luis Suarez is another famous face of his predecessor when it comes to the Blues. The former Liverpool player, who infamously bit Branislav Ivanovic during the clash with Chelsea in 2013, in which he also scored a late tie, was the impetus for tilting the Atletico title by scoring 16 goals in the league.

Chelsea were the last team to beat Atletico on their own turf in a European competition – back in September 2017 – but to repeat the trick, Suarez will need to be silenced.

Lazio v. Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich won the club’s World Cup
  • First match: February 23, Olimpico (20:00)
  • Rematch: March 17, Allianz Arena (20:00)

What to look out for

Bayern warmed up for the knockout phase of defending the Champions League title by lifting another trophy at the Club World Cup. The Holders have gone nearly two years undefeated in the Champions League, have failed to score just once in their last 27 matches and have won 16 of the last 17 games in competition with a total goal difference of +48.

It looks sinister, but both sides have attacks in deadly form. Robert Lewandowski has scored 31 goals in 33 Champions League games since the start of the 2017/18 season – more than any other player – but Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has eight in the last nine Champions League games and last term outperformed Lewandowski in Europe’s top leagues.

Atalanta vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid striker Eden Hazard (photo AP)
Eden Hazard returned to training after muscle problems
  • First match: February 24, Gewiss Stadium (20:00)
  • Rematch: March 16, Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium (20:00)

What to look out for

Real Madrid is five points behind the leader of La Liga, Atletico (having played two games more), and has no placement in the Cup Winners’ Cup and the Spanish Cup. Now is the time for Zinedine Zidane. Zidane’s team came back from the edge and reached the sixteenth final as the winner of Group B, but all eyes are on their European challenge, and reports in Spain claim that the Frenchman’s job is on the horizon.

Another man under scrutiny, Eden Hazard, could return after a final injury failure. His boss will hope he can finally find fitness and form.

Key dates of the Champions League

Round of 16 of the first match: February 16, 17/23/24/24

Round of 16 of the second leg: March 10, 16/10/17

Quarter-final and semi-final draws: March 19

Quarterfinals of the first game: 6./7. April

Quarterfinal second matches: 13./14. April

Semifinals of the first game: 27./28. April

Semifinals of the second match: 4/5 Maya

Final: May 29 (Ataturk Olympic Stadium)