Champions League Update Round of 16

Monday, March 13th, 2017

By Andrew Ryan
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Soccer is a beautiful game. Teams that are down and out are a few moments of brilliance away from flipping the script. Barcelona looked for everything like it was going to come all the way back from a 4-0 deficit against PSG to at least level the match and send it to extra time, but the Parisians had other ideas on the hour by scoring the screamer that should have ended it. Alas, at the end, it was three strikes from the Catalans in a span of just eight minutes, and that send Barcelona through. Will we see anywhere near that degree of magic this time around in the last four matches of the Round of 16? One can only hope.

Juventus vs. Porto – Tuesday, 3:45 p.m. ET ( ESPN Deportes )

Not much to see here. Juventus has one of the best teams in the world this year that you probably aren't considering for the UCL title, and it really made short work out of Porto on the road in Portugal in a 2-0 victory. Now back at home, the only expectation is that the Old Lady is going to persevere once again at home. If not, it's not the end of the world, knowing that Porto is going to have to score twice against a great defensive team. There's no drama coming in Italy like we saw at the Nou Camp last week.

Leicester City vs. Sevilla – Tuesday, 3:45 p.m. ET ( FOX Sports 1 )

By all accounts, Leicester City shouldn't still be in this home-and-home matchup. The Foxes were terrible in Spain, and they should have been down by at least three or four goals before Jamie Vardy provided a bit of a lifeline. Leicester City still has a lot of work to be done to actually get all the way back into this, but if it gets the first goal at King Power Stadium on Tuesday, Sevilla will have to respond at some point with an away goal. Keep in mind that Sevilla didn't see Craig Shakespeare as the manager of this team just a couple weeks back; that fixture was the last for Claudio Ranieri before he was sacked. Since then, the Foxes have won two straight matches in the EPL to claw a relatively healthy distance away from the relegation zone.

Atletico Madrid vs. Bayer Leverkusen – Wednesday, 3:45 p.m. ET ( ESPN Deportes )

Spain already has two teams in the "Elite 8" of the Champions League, and if Sevilla holds on against Leicester City on Tuesday, Atletico Madrid should make it four of the eight for La Liga, a relatively unprecedented total. Bayer Leverkusen feels like a good enough team to ultimately make this comeback, especially with Atletico Madrid being down just a bit this season from what we're used to seeing. However, allowing four goals at home to Atletico Madrid leaves this as a really big hole to claw out of for any team. Playing on the road is a huge chore in these second legs, and there's really very little way back at the Vicente Calderon.

AS Monaco vs. Manchester City – Wednesday, 3:45 p.m. ET ( FOX Sports 1 )

This is a big moment for Pep Guardiola with Manchester City. After the Citizens came back from down 2-1 and 3-2 to Monaco to ultimately win 5-3 at home, they absolutely cannot afford to go back to the Stade Louis II and go out of the UCL, especially not after ultimately coughing up points last week at home against Stoke in what now feels like a futile effort at running down Chelsea atop the Premier League. Radamel Falcao and the Red and Whites are good enough to score goals here at home for sure, and two of them would heap a slew of pressure on Manchester City. One thing is for sure, and that's this tie, even at 5-3 right now, is far from over.

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