Champions League last 16: Week 2 preview
In the second week of the 2020/21 Champions League last 16, highly exciting encounters with two English teams await us from 23 February. Chelsea will travel to Madrid and play against Atletico on Tuesday. Gladbach hosts Manchester City on Wednesday. The reigning champion Bayern plays Lazio in Rome. Atalanta and Real Madrid complete the matchday.
The round of last 16 will be broadcasted by BT Sport. Read this article to see all kick-off times and channels.
All teams of the 2021 Champions League last 16
There are four German and four Spanish teams left in the Champions League last 16 this year. England and Italy have three representatives each, while France and Portugal still have one representative in the running for the crown of the highest European club competition.
Paris St. Germain
Lazio vs Bayern
The German record champion has to play Lazio Rome in the first leg. Bayern is certainly in a slight slump in form again. After the 3:3 at home against Bielefeld, a 1:2 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt followed last weekend.
Lazio, on the other hand, have been showing an upward form lately. With 4 wins from their last 5 league games, they have re-established themselves within the top group of the Serie A table. The Biancocelesti are currently in 5th place, level on points with fourth-placed Atalanta.
Atletico vs Chelsea
In the second Tuesday match, Atletico Madrid welcomes Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea FC. It is expected to be an open game between two equal teams.
Atletico are still top of the Spanish table, but have lost valuable points from their cushion after two recent winless games against Levante (one draw, one defeat). Against Chelsea, coach Diego Simeone miss three of his stars: Jose Gimenez, Yannick Carrasco and Sime Vrsaljko are missing due to injury.
Thomas Tuchel is still unbeaten since taking charge just under a month ago. In the Premier League, the Blues won 4 out of 6 games. They also defeated Barnsley in the FA Cup. Timo Werner is also expected to be featured in the starting line-up in Madrid. The former Leipzig player has not had an easy season so far and has gone through an 18 games without a goal run. Since Tuchel took over the helm, however, the 24-year-old has blossomed again. In addition to 3 assists in the last 4 games, he finally scored again against Newcastle.
Gladbach vs Manchester City
Manchester City will play the first leg of the Champions League last 16 against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday as the big favourite. City has one of the strongest squads in Europe. In addition, the form curve of the two teams is diverging. Gladbach is winless in 4 league games. The news that coach Rose will move to Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season has put further disturbance to the context.
City, on the other hand, have won all of their last 12 Premier League games and are well on their way to winning their third league title in four seasons.
Nevertheless, Borussia can still be hopeful: In 6 games against Gladbach, City coach Pep Guardiola has only managed to score two victories during his time as Bayern coach. He was unable to win the last 4 encounters. Guardiola’s team is also anything but invincible in the knockout phase of the Champions League: In the last four seasons, the team never came further than the quarter-finals. The opponents the Citizens failed to beat were Monaco (last 16 2016/17), Liverpool (quarter-finals 2017/18), Tottenham (quarter-finals 2019/19) and Lyon (quarter-finals 2019/20).
Atalanta vs Real Madrid
Four wins in a row speaks for Real Madrid’s rising form. They have nipped at the heels of Atletico and are back in the race for the Spanish league title. With a win against Gladbach in the final game of the CL group stage, they also clinched the group win in December. The crisis they were in for much of the first half of the season is hardly noticeable anymore.
Atalanta will therefore go into the Champions League round of 16 as underdogs. The team from Bergamo defeated Napoli recently and can be satisfied with a solid season thus far. Hence, Gasperini’s team will play without pressure against the record Champions League winners.
Liverpool vs Leipzig
The first round of the Round of 16 had started on Tuesday, 16 February. The four clubs will play the second legs on 10 March.
Liverpool, winners of the 2019 Champions League, beat last year’s semi-finalists Leipzig 2-0 in the first leg.
Jürgen Klopp’s team is thus in an excellent position for the second leg at home. Salah and Mane scored the goals in Budapest after individual errors by Sabitzer and Mukiele.
PSG vs Barcelona
The second match of the evening was lit up by a gala performance from youngster Kylian Mbappe. The 22-year-old scored three goals in Paris’ 4-1 away win to hand Barcelona their next shock in the Champions League.
Barcelona will therefore need another miracle like the one in 2017, when they beat Paris 6-1 at home at Camp Nou to book their ticket to the quarter-finals after a 4-0 defeat in the first leg.
Juventus vs Porto
The Champions League last 16 continued on 17 February with two more explosive matches. The teams will meet again for the second legs on 8 March 2021.
In the first leg of the rematch of the 2017 round of 16, Porto won 2-1. For a long time, things looked even better for the reigning Portuguese champions.
After two early goals in the first and second half by Taremi (2nd) and Marega (46th), Chiese scored the equaliser in the 82nd minute. This goal, which had not been foreseen in the course of the match, gives hope for an open second leg with good chances for both teams.
Dortmund vs Sevilla
Dortmund managed toget themselves into an excellent position against the current Europa League champions. Led by the outstanding Haaland (2 goals, 1 assist), Borussia took a 3:1 half-time lead.
After the break, Sevilla put on more pressure and finally scored a not undeserved goal. They now need a win in Dortmund with more than a two-goal difference or a win with a one-goal difference and more than 3 goals scored.