by Chris Behrens for World Football Commentaries
Chris correctly predicted all 16 teams from the group round phase.
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AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk
At Stadio Olimpico: Roma win 4-1 (2 x 3: wrong)
At Donbass Arena: Shakhtar win 2-0 (3 x 0: correct on winning team)
Roma advance 4-3 on aggregate. (Wrong: Skakhtar Donetsk advances 6 - 2 on aggregate.)
AC Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur
At White Hart Lane: 2-2 draw (0 x 0: correct on draw result)
At San Siro: AC Milan win 3-2 (0 x 1: wrong)
AC Milan advance 5-4 on aggregate. (Wrong: Tottenham advances 1 x 0 on aggregate.)
Valencia vs Schalke 04
An interesting match-up to say the least. Many things have changed since these two squads last squared off in the Champions League back in the 2007-08 group stage. David Villa and David Silva are far removed from the technical Spanish squad while Schalke added experienced Raul and Huntelaar to the strike force (who both have performed to their ability on occasion). Despite the added firepower, the German side have been bumbling through league play, sitting in 10th position and honestly should be farther down the table than that. However, Felix Magath somehow led the squad to top their group. This is one of the hardest match-ups to get a read on, but I’m thinking Raul will be the difference in this tie. Two boring games, with possession dominated by Valencia, ultimately lead to Schalke somehow squeaking by.
At Mestalla: 1-1 Draw (1 x 1: correct on score also)
At Veltins-Arena: 0-0 Draw (wrong: 3 x 1)
Schalke 04 advance on away goals rule. (Correct: Schalke 04 advance 4 x 2 on aggregate.)
Internazionale Milano vs Bayern Munich
On paper (and without knowing anything about the current state of these squads), one would pick this to be the most interesting match-up of all the round of 16. Both squads are shells of their team’s from last season, which both reached the final of the Champions League. Inter looked lost without the chosen one but have done well under the new reign of Leonardo. But they are beginning to show their age. The only thing the team has to really celebrate is the meaningless trophy in the Club World Cup. Bayern aren’t doing much better, already well off the pace in the Bundesliga and searching for answers. However, Munich will be out for revenge in this tie following the master class Inter performance seven months ago. I see Ribery, Muller, and Gomez all firing through the frail Inter defense with ease and getting a much needed boost of confidence heading into the home stretch of league play.
At San Siro: 2-2 Draw (0 x 1: wrong)
At Allianz Arena: Bayern win 4-1 (2 x 3: wrong)
Bayern advance 6-3 on aggregate. (Wrong: Inter Milan advance on away goals 3 x 3.)
Lyon vs Real Madrid
At Stade Gerland: 1-1 Draw (1 x 1: correct on score also)
At Santiago Bernabeu: Madrid win 2-0 (3 x 0: correct on outcome)
Real Madrid advance 3-1 on aggregate. (Correct: Real Madrid advance 3 x 1 on aggregate).
Arsenal vs FC Barcelona
At Emirates: Barcelona win 1-2 (2 x 1: wrong)
At Nou Camp: Barcelona win 5-1 (3 x 1: correct on winning team)
Barcelona advance 7-2 on aggregate. (Correct: Barcelona advance 3 x 2 on aggregate).
Marseille vs Manchester UnitedWith only one loss in league play and in Champions league matches thus far, Sir Alex’s men should be pleased with their progress thus far and the draw they received. United’s defense has been a point of question this season, however Marseille’s lack of firepower shouldn’t really threaten the weak defense. Sure the French squad knocked seven past Zilina but that squad is one of the worst ever to grace the Champions League group stage. With no “in-form” forward available, expect this to be a low scoring, dull affair pointed toward United advancing onward.
At Stade Velodrome: Manchester United win 1-0 (0 x 0: wrong)
At Old Trafford: Manchester United win 3-1 (2 x 1: correct)
Manchester United advance 4-1 on aggregate. (Correct: Manchester United advance 2 x 1 on aggregate.)
FC Copenhagen vs ChelseaA collective sigh of relief was breathed when Chelsea discovered they’d play Copenhagen. The Blues erratic and torrid form as of late needed to see the squad to get a draw like this. Copenhagen won’t be a pushover, however. Dame N’Doye leads the Danish Superliga in scoring, but in reality, that’s due to the squad being over reliant on the Senegalese striker. Copenhagen will be determined and organized throughout the fixtures but the power of Didier Drogba and Nicholas Anelka should see the West London side comfortably satisfied heading into the quarterfinals.
At Parken: Chelsea win 1-2 (0 x 2: correct on win)
At Stamford Bridge: Chelsea win 3-1 (0 x 0: wrong)
Chelsea advance 5-2 on aggregate. (Correct: Chelsea advance 2 x 0 on aggregate.)
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Chris Behrens, Champions League Correspondent, soccerpro.com
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