UEFA Champions League round of 16 fixtures for this week. Manchester City’s formidable defence are gearing up for the second week.
Thomas Tuchel takes on a new challenge with Chelsea, Robert Lewandowski meets his goalscoring nemesis from last season and Real Madrid and Manchester City face novel tests.
UEFA Champions League round of 16 fixtures
Tuesday 23 February
- Atlético vs Chelsea
- Lazio vs Bayern
Wednesday 24 February
- Atalanta vs Real Madrid
- Mönchengladbach vs Man. City
Atlético fortress awaits Tuchel’s Blues
Thomas Tuchel took Paris through the group stage, but arrives in the round of 16 as Chelsea manager, with a diamond-hard tie against Atlético. Diego Simeone’s side remain sabre-toothed at home; they have lost only one of their last 29 European home games – though that was against Chelsea, 2-1 in the 2017/18 group stage. The Blues won 4-0 at Sevilla in their last game in Spain: a good omen for their new boss?
Immobile vs Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski won almost everything last season, except the ESM Golden Shoe –awarded to Europe’s top domestic league scorer. He comes up against the man who denied him that honour in the round of 16, Ciro Immobile. The Lazio man is struggling to keep up with Lewandowski in league terms this season, but outscored him 5–3 in the group stage. Will the two star strikers be the ones to settle this tie?
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