Good Morning to everyone except those of you that did not vote for Mahmoud Dahoud as Man of the Match yesterday.
So the first four games in the Champions League Round of 16 have been completed.
The results and highlights from these games:
RB Leipzig 0-2 Liverpool
Barcelona 1-4 PSG
Sevilla 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
Porto 2-1 Juventus
There’s been a few narratives already developing from these games, from Barcelona’s collapse, to the passing of the torch from Messi and Ronaldo to Mbappe and Haaland. While it’s true that Mbappe and Haaland had incredible games, it remains to be seen if this is truly the beginning of their rise to the top of world football.
Next week will see the other first-leg ties take place. As a reminder, these are the remaining fixtures in the first leg of the Round of 16:
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea
Lazio vs Bayern Munich
Atalanta vs Real Madrid
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Man City
So there’s plenty to look forward to!
Bayern Munich Dealing with Covid Outbreak
Everyone is dealing with injuries at the moment, including Bayern Munich, who are currently facing a small outbreak of coronavirus. They’ve lost Thomas Muller after he tested positive for Covid-19 while they were out in Qatar for the Club World Cup, and now Benjamin Pavard has been added to the list, also testing positive for Covid-19 this week. It looks like both will miss Bayern Munich’s game against Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend, and potentially the Lazio game in the week too.
As much as I like the prospect of Bayern Munich being without some of their best players, I certainly wouldn’t wish Covid-19 on anyone (nor any phys. ical injury). Hopefully they get the outbreak under control, and they just all lose their car keys or something and face four weeks out while they search for them around their massive houses.
Haaland is a Ridiculous Person
Not only is Erling Haaland a brilliant football player and potential future Ballon d’Or winner, he’s also undiluted meme fuel.
Erling Haaland took that personally.— Goal (@goal) February 18, 2021
️ “When I saw Mbappe scored a hat-trick yesterday I got free motivation, so thanks to him!” pic.twitter.com/m1sDEuOrSH
Everything he says in interviews has the right amount of dry humor for it to be like a drug for the Internet, and he likes to add to it himself too:
He’s a lot of fun, both on and off the pitch.
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Which of the next round of Champions League games are you most excited about?