Today, Nyon was the place where we found out this season’s duels in the knockout stage of The Championship League. To remind you, in this round the clubs from the same country and the same group can’t be paired. The holders are: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munchen, Barcelona, Chelsea and Porto. The non-holders consist of: Juventus, Basel, Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal, Manchester City, PSG, Schalke and Shakhtar Donetsk.
The draft was very interesting and very exciting. There are some pretty strong duels among the clubs. This is the list of matches between the best sixteen teams of the Championship League:
- PSG – Chelsea
- Manchester City – Barcelona
- Bayer Leverkusen – Atletico Madrid
- Juventus – Borussia Dortmund
- Schalke – Real Madrid
- Shakhtar Donetsk – Bayern Munchen
- Arsenal – Monaco
- Basel – Porto
The opening matches will be played on 7th, 18th, 24th and 25th of February and the rematches are going to be played on 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th of March.
Previous Record of Barcelona Against Manchester City
It is clear that two great matches are ahead of us. The first one is between PSG and Chelsea. It is going to be very interesting to find out how the wealthiest club in France will cope with this year’s best team in whole Europe. Chelsea’s playing is amazing, but the task for Zlatan Ibrahimović and the team will be a great one. If PSG manages to win in their home game, then they will have a chance to reach the next round. Everything else is on Chelsea.
The other one is between Manchester City and Barcelona. This will really be a clash of the titans. Manchester City’s money and Barcelona’s football school will cross their gloves. Barcelona tied up some great games in the last few weeks, and Messi is finally returning to his usual state of fitness. As always, Manchester City is struggling in the Championship League, but you can never underestimate the team who has players like Aguero, Džeko, Yaya Toure, Kompany or Hart.
Enrique Happy About Man City
All in all, a very interesting winter is ahead of us, and we are certainly hoping to enjoy many wonderful matches. What is sure is that the matches of the Championship League have never failed to fulfill our expectations, so if you are a fan of football, make sure that you don’t miss these matches.