Thoughs on the Round Of 16 (Before The Draw)
Qualified as group winners: Arsenal, Napoli, Barcelona, Atlético, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Leicester City, Juventus;
Qualified as group runners-up: PSG, Benfica, Manchester City, Bayern, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid, Porto, Sevilla.
These are the 16 teams that have passed the Champions League Group Stage, and will be now playing the first elimination stage. At this point, people are already speculating who will be eliminated first, who is going to reach the final, and who is going to win. In this article, I’m going to share my point of view at this stage, and what my thoughts are.
Firt of all, I think that Arsenal and Leicester will be eliminated, because as usual, english teams pay more importance to the Premier League, specially now that Arsenal are near the 1st position and Leicester are struggling to get far away from the demotion zone. With that in mind, I can’t see neither of them winning against any of the runner-up teams.
As to the rest of the group winners, It really depends on the draw:
- Monaco and Napoli would lose against any team apart from probably Sevilla and Porto (Napoli would also win against Bayer Leverkusen).
- Dortmund can’t draw with Real Madrid, so they would win against any team except for Manchester City and Bayern.
This means that, in my opinion, the favourites from the winners group to go through are Barcelona, Atlético, Dortmund and Juventus. As to the group of runners-up, I consider that the teams that will go through are Manchester City, Bayern, Real Madrid and Benfica. And the reason why I think Benfica will go through instead of PSG is because Benfica are in way better form, so they have more chances to win against the team that they’ll draw.
Then again, the draws can decide alone who will go through and who won’t, so I’ll be sure to talk about this matter again on Monday 12 December, date of the round of 16 draws announcement. For now, these are my predictions, but be sure to leave yours.