4 talking points from the UEFA Champions League round of 16
Champions League has shifted another gear and all the teams and their fans are preparing themselves for the Quarter Finals. The footballing world witnessed an interesting and eventful Round of 16. One can say it was a bumpy ride and an unexpected one as the 16 teams fought to secure the top 8 spot over the course of four weeks.
Few regular names shone yet again while some saw a shocking exit. With the Quarter Final draws around the corner, let's take a look at some key points in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
#4 Premier League Teams and their misery outside England
Time and again, somehow, the Premier League teams falter outside the domestic competition.
It is astonishing to see the teams playing in arguably the world's most difficult league crumble under pressure in European matches. No English club had a smooth contest in the knockout stage. However, Liverpool, who scored five and conceded none is an exception in this case.
To begin with, Tottenham Hotspur had a handy lead and a firm grip on the game but they lacked the temperament and slipped awfully against Juventus. Spurs had their noses in front, thanks to a strike from Heung-Min Son in the 34th minute.
However, their celebrations were short-lived as Gonzalo Higuain stood up to the occasion by scoring a goal in the 64th minute and within three minutes, setting up another one for Paulo Dybala which resulted in Spurs' exit from the Champions League.
Spurs' London rivals Chelsea had their reasons to lose as it was the mighty Barcelona that they faced.
The loss was due to their own mistakes rather than Barca's brilliance. It was Andreas Christensen's error in the first leg that gave the Catalans a crucial away goal.
In the reverse fixture at Camp Nou, there were individual errors from the Chelsea players, especially Thibaut Courtois who got nutmegged twice by Lionel Messi.
The biggest highlight of the round was, of course, Manchester United's shocking exit by the hands of Sevilla.
It was all square until the 74th minute but trouble for United came in the form of a substitution as Sevilla's substitute Wissam Ben Yedder proved to be their nightmare.
The No.9 scored a brace within a span of four minutes to end the Red Devils' campaign.