8 players who will face their former clubs in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16
Its about time already! The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 is approaching fast and football fanatics around the globe will already have started planning about how they will feast on the mid-week midnight madness.
While the UCL never disappoints us in terms of entertaining fixtures, the same can't be said of every player who participates in the competition.
The Champions League often becomes a stage where nostalgia runs high, as players sometimes have to face their former clubs. This time around too, there are eight players who will be walking down the memory lane as they walk out on the pastures they once called home.
That being said, here are eight players who will face their former employers in the round of 16.
#8 Klass Jan Huntelaar (Real Madrid vs Ajax)
Klass Jan Huntelaar joined Real Madrid in 2009 but played only 6 months for the Spanish giants. He left the club after having meagre playing opportunities due to competition with Raul Gonzalez, with 8 goals in 20 games under his belt.
However, this isn't the first time the Dutchman will face his former club. He came face to face against them on the same stage at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2015 and scored a brace in an emphatic 4-3 win.
Now aged 35, Huntelaar may not be their talisman, but will definitely play a bit-part role in the clash.
#7 Matija Nastasic (Manchester City vs Schalke 04)
Serbian defender Matija Nastasic is already looking forward to facing his ex-club when Schalke and Manchester City lock horns in the Champions League round of 16. Ahead of what promises to be an enthralling contest, the 25-year-old said,
“I’m pleased we have drawn City. These will be two very special matches for me as I played for the Citizens before signing for Schalke. Consequently, I’ll get to meet a few familiar faces. We know how strong our opponents are but we will give it our best shot.”
Nastasic wore the blue shirt of City on 51 occasions for two-and-a-half years. He called it quits in January 2015 after failing to cement his place in the starting XI, and joined Schalke 04. Although he was sidelined a lot due to injuries, the Serb managed to win a Premier League medal in 2014, making sure that he had a happy memory to cherish when he left the club.
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