Champions League: Round of 16 (Day 3)

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Week two of the round of 16 is here. A big question this week is whether the English clubs can maintain their good results in the Champions League. Also, whether the favorites would be upset, and today at least, it didn’t.

Bayern Munich 5-0 Besiktas

The most one sided affair of all the matches this week got even more one sided with a early red card to Domagoj Vida, a Besiktas player. This was just the beginning of what would be a five goal rout. Muller and Lewandowski netted a brace each and Coman got a goal as well. The match was one way traffic the whole 90 minutes. The possession stats were 69-31 in Bayern’s favor, and 35 shots (12 on goal), compared to 6 shots (1 on goal) for Besiktas. The second leg will be a hard one to watch, but hopefully with better defense from the Besiktas side.

Chelsea 1-1 FC Barcelona

Barcelona decided to field the same starting lineup against Chelsea as the one they had against Eibar on the weekend, which was bound to have fatigue. The match was tight the whole entire way, however Chelsea looked dangerous to score, or more specifically Willian. Willian hit the post twice. However, Chelsea finally broke through on the 62nd minute with a goal by Willian himself. His shot totally fooled Ter Stegen, it looked like it would be outside the post, but quickly curled back in.

It didn’t take Barcelona long to strike back, 13 minutes later after a great pass to the top of the box Lionel Messi gets a goal of his own. David Azpilicueta also attempted a diving tackle to prevent the pass, but it did not quite work out. After that goal both sides seemed to be very protective of their score and defended well. Conte attempted to bring on Morata for a different attacking strategy, but he felt invisible. He then paired that substitution with taking Fabregas off for Drinkwater, which was still playing it safe.

This result is definitely in Barcelona’s favor, they will receive Chelsea at home with an away goal in hand. They should be the clear favorites to go through to the next round.

The return leg for both of these matches will be on March 14. Bayern Munich will probably field youth, but Chelsea will be at the Camp Nou, and honestly it’s gonna be a hard win to pull out.

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