The Champions League is now reaching the exciting part which is the knockout rounds. Over 6 fixtures the group games were played and completed with the top 2 teams from the groups progressing to the next stage.
The Champions League knockouts were decided via a draw and the last 16 fixtures are now known. For Champions League betting then we recommend online specialists 888sport. The standout fixtures for the first knockout round of the tournament, starting in February are the following:
Paris Saint Germain v Barcelona
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Manchester City v Monaco
Top Managers of Champions League
These are our choice at E-Soccer.com for the best managers in the Champions League. Do you agree?
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is in his first season at Manchester City and unlike the other leagues Pep is not having the easy wins like he is used to. After getting beat by Barcelona they have responded well in the Champions League and are one of the main teams to watch for. Can Pep win the European Cup in his first year at The Citizens, the bookies have him as one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Cardiff.
Carlo Ancelotti is the current manager of German team Bayern Munich and are one of the most successful teams in Europe. Ancelotti as a manager is one of the finest, he is the only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League three times and reached four cup finals. Bayern Munich will be a tough team to beat and go into the last 16 as favourites over Arsenal football club.
The long-standing manager of Arsenal has guided the North London team Champions League qualification over many years. Arsenal have a tough test if they want to proceed to the next round against German Champions Bayern Munich. Arsenal fans are growing impatient with the management team at the club due to the squad not performing on the big stage, well this is the biggest stage.
Luis Enrique is the current manager FC Barcelona and leads probably the best team in the tournament to Paris where they will play PSG. With Neymar, Suarez and Messi, the attacking front-line is unquestionably the best in world football. In the losses that they have experienced this year the defense has been the weak link in the team.
Luis Enrique arrived as Barcelona manager in May 2014 from Celta Vigo and guided the Catalan team to the treble in his very first season in the job
The current manager of Real Madrid is former world player of the year and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane. Alongside the attack of Barcelona, Real Madrid have arguably the best with current World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Colombian striker James Rodriguez leading the trio. Real Madrid have just been crowned World Club Champions having beaten Kashima Antlers in the final in Japan. Zinedine Zidane will be confident going into the next round where they face Italian team Napoli.
Who will lift the trophy in Cardiff in June 2017, we think one of these managers will surely have a say.