Champions League – Final 16

Champions League

I’m a big fan of the Champions League, and even though my favorite team (Fulham) is toiling away in the Europa League, I watch every match I can.

Here’s the schedule for the round of 16:

Tuesday, Feb. 16
(Home team is listed first, for the newbies…)
AC Milan vs. Manchester United, 2:45 p.m.
Lyon vs. Real Madrid, 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17
Bayern Munich vs. Fiorentina, 2:45 p.m.
FC Porto vs. Arsenal, 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Olympiakos vs. Bordeaux, 2:45 p.m.
VfB Stuttgart vs. Barcelona, 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24
CSKA Moscow vs. Sevilla, 2:45 p.m.
Inter Milan vs. Chelsea, 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 9
Arsenal vs. FC Porto, 2:45 p.m.
Fiorentina vs. Bayern Munich, 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 10
Manchester United vs. AC Milan, 2:45 p.m.
Real Madrid vs. Lyon, 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 16
Chelsea vs. Inter Milan, 2:45 p.m.
Sevilla vs. CSKA Moscow, 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 17
Barcelona vs. VfB Stuttgart, 2:45 p.m.
Bordeaux vs. Olympiakos, 2:45 p.m.

Best ties

I had to pick two. AC Milan/Manchester United and Chelsea/Inter Milan both offer juicy storylines.

David Beckham, despite the fact that he’s not seeing the field as often as he’d probably like, will make his return to Old Trafford wearing an AC Milan shirt. Expect a rousing ovation for the England winger, followed by a comfortable win for his old team.

And the special one, Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea as manager of Inter Milan. He led the Blues to a pair of Premier League titles and has since added a scudetto (Serie A trophy) to his resume.

He was, and still is, loved by the fans at Stamford Bridge. Expect another rousing ovation and a very interesting battle between him and Carlo Ancelotti.

Cake walk?

The Spanish sides have a fairly easy path to the quarterfinals. Real Madrid shouldn’t have much trouble with Lyon, which is struggling along in fourth place in France at the moment. And defending champion Barcelona is a heavy favorite against Stuttgart, which is mired in the middle of the Bundesliga table.

Worst road trip

Sevilla might struggle with CSKA Moscow in the first leg of that tie.

After all, it figures to be somewhere between 15 and 25 degrees for that match. Take that, and the always tricky turf, into account, and Sevilla might be in for a long night.

On the tube

Want to know when and where these games might be televised? Click here.

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3 Responses to “Champions League – Final 16”

  1. Terry Sanford Fan Says:

    Nice win by United last night..a little concerning that Evra failed to clear the ball early and putting the Red Devils behind early…..but Wayne Rooney really elevated his game in the 2nd half…..a shame that another defensive miscue gave AC Milan life……entertaining game..and what was with Carrick getting sent off …..it was his first yellow?

  2. Randy Capps Says:

    Apparently, he had gotten one in the 63rd minute for taking down Ronaldinho. The red for kicking the ball away was pretty straight-forward. That’s time wasting, and frankly, he should know better.

    Rooney is one of my favorite players. The guy does it all. In the final minutes, it was Rooney that took the ball from Pato at the edge of the United box, snuffing out a Milan attack.

    The defending in the game – on both sides – was just awful. Rooney’s second goal was way too easy. If you watch the replay, the Milan defenders didn’t even bother to put an arm up for an offside call. That’s how asleep they were as Rooney went strolling by.

    I’ve got to say that Ronaldinho was very impressive. It’s amazing what he can do when he’s not out clubbing…

    United were very fortunate not to be down two or three goals at the half. The Red Devil midfield was shockingly bad in the first half, giving the ball away time and time again.

    Still, reaching the quarterfinals shouldn’t be a problem now, as you have to love United’s chances of getting a result at Old Trafford.

  3. Terry Sanford Fan Says:

    Yes…I saw that Carrick was booked after I wrote it….and yes he should know better….for that matter Van Der Sar was walking a fine line….great point about Rooney tracking all the way back….he does that quite often and alot of our High School/Club forwards could learn a thing or two…from his example…

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