Spanish football

Champions Bombs draw for Madrid and Atleti; Barca and Valencia, lucky – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Champions Bombs draw for Madrid and Atleti; Barca and Valencia, lucky - SPANISH FOOTBALL 1

The Madrid teams were the worst stopholders of the Champions League eighth-round in which there will be a double match of Spaniards against English and Italians. Madrid will face Manchester City at the star crossing of the round of 16. It will be Guardiola’s return to the Bernabéu and Spain. Champions of the Premier League although 14 points from Liverpool in the current season, it is a team with a very defined style but has resented a lot with the casualties of Agéero and Laporte, which will presumably already be available to Guardiola by the time the pairing arrives. City were already a rival of Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals a few years ago.

Equally powerful is Atletico Liverpool. The mattress frame should be measured against the European champion and one of the best teams in the world right now with Klopp. The good news for Atletico is that it is in these encounters and in these crosses is when the best performance offers. Liverpool is current absolute dominator of the Premier League and will play the Club World Championship in search of another title. Both clubs will see each other in the face again ten years after their last showdown. It was in the semi-finals of the Europa League of the 2009-10.  Atletico won 1-0 on Calderón’s first leg and made the pass to the Hamburg final at Anfield with a goal in Forlán’s overtime (2-1). The red-whites would eventually win the trophy by beating Fulham in the 2–1 final with a double from the Uruguayan striker.

Valencia and Barca, as seeds, came out more favoured. Both will have to travel to Italy, although they will be able to define the playoff on the hometour. El Barca will have Naples in front of you. It is a Naples in crisis and that has fired Ancoletti to make way for Gattuso. It’s an unknown to know how she’ll respond in February. Valencia, meanwhile, will see the faces with the Atalanta. The absolute revelation of the past course, in this one has dropped wholes although managed to qualify at the last minute in Ukraine. He plays his matches in San Siro because Bergamo Stadium does not meet the requirements.

In the other pairings, Dortmund will face PSG in what will be Tuchel’s return to Germany. It will also be of a great dimension Chelsea-Bayern, which was final of the Champions League at the time. They also resulted from the Lyon-Juventus and Tottenham-Leipzig draw.

The eighth-round matches will be played between 18 and 26 February, the first leg, and the 10th and 18th of March, the return. Two days later there will be another single draw that will determine the crossings from the quarters to the final, scheduled for May 30 at Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium.