Schalke 04 vs Manchester City
Pep Guardiola has a great goal: To win again as coach UCL, he has not done so since the 2010-2011 season where he managed to raise it with FC Barcelona. His Manchester City - which he reigned at the pleasure of the Premier League last season - seems to have learned from the mistakes made in previous editions and this time they are ready to give a big European blow. More mature in his game and already recovering the best version of his best player: Kevin De Bruyne. Manchester City has all the numbers, hierarchy and talent to leave the Shalke out of competition.
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus
The beast is now bianconeri! To win the UCL, you must not only ask the gods of football a bit of luck, you must also ask to have Cristiano Ronaldo on your side and Juventus already has it. Although Atlético de Madrid has one of the best teams in this edition of the Champions League, the reality is that every time they had to face CR7 in this scenario they did not do well at all. The team of 'Cholo' Simeone will have to be much more daring in its tactical approach if you want to eliminate a Juventus that is not only a defensive wall very difficult to penetrate, but also now have the best player in this tournament. The Colchoneros will have to dream and make a perfect eliminator if they want to reach 'their end'. A series between teams of similar profile and that seems very close. However, deactivating the Beast will be an impossible mission and therefore Juventus will be back in the quarterfinals.
Manchester United vs PSG
The confrontation of the multimillionaire chaos. Manchester United and PSG have several editions showing their worst version in this competition, both teams have spent in recent years exorbitant figures to win the UCL without much success. This time one of the 2 will have the great opportunity to end this and be among the 8 best of the old continent. In principle the PSG looked like the great favorite to advance, but the Manchester United now of the hand of Ole Gunnar Solskjær has taken a leap of quality, giving a very interesting turn to this tie. Both teams have defensive flaws and 2 big goalies to cover them (Buffon and De Gea). The PSG has the best young player in the world, Kylian Mbappé, who in turn is escorted by 2 of the best forwards in the world Neymar JR, which would not be in the eliminatory, and Edison Cavani. For its part United has recovered the best version of his record signing Paul Pogba and above has always good and incisive Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. As offensive variants appear names like Romeu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez or Anthony Martial. Even the vast majority still see PSG as their favorite for their lethal trident, but this time I decided to bet on Manchester United.
Tottenham Hotspurs vs Borussia Dortmund
One of the most attractive eliminations of the Round of 16 of the UCL is that of Tottenham vs Dortmund. Both teams have presented ambitious projects this season, a combination of players with experiences, accompanied by very young players. So far who best season is living is the Dortmund, leader of the Bundesliga and showing great performance in the group stage of the UCL, ranking in first place above Atletico Madrid. Tottenham has had a season of highs and lows, recently his star Harry Kane was seriously injured and his best player of the season Son Heung-Min has had to fulfill commitments with his team that have left the Pochettino team out of rhythm. Without fear of making a mistake in this tie, the great surprise of the Champions League will come out and all my chips point directly to Borussia Dortmund.
Lyon vs FC Barcelona
The culé team has several seasons failing in the most important tournament of clubs in the world. Great investments that have not served to be even among the 4 best in the world. The urgencies to shine again in the tournament are very clear and before Lyon they will find another new opportunity to show their best version. With Messi as the offensive leader, Barcelona not only wants to advance to the quarterfinals, but also hopes to lift its sixth European Cup. For this they will have to overcome Lyon, a very interesting team, which may leave several flashes of good football in this tie but it is clear that FC Barcelona will be among the top 8 of the UCL.
AS Roma vs FC Porto
Last season, Roma was the great surprise of the UCL. This year is the same Roma without Alisson Becker but with the same desire to continue advancing rounds. On the other side is Porto, a team with experienced players who see this tie as the great opportunity to sneak into the top 8 of the old continent. Even though Roma is one of the most interesting teams if you are looking to see a colorful football or just discover good young players, that same youth and inexperience often plays against you. Making them easily get out of the matches. For this time I must put my chips to Porto, your experience can give you the pass to the next round.
Ajax vs Real Madrid
Little can be said about Real Madrid when we talk about the Champions League. In this tournament he is the true King, his 13 Cups guarantee it. It is the team to beat no matter what circumstance you are in, your greatness in this competition excels any bad football moment you may be living. On the other hand Ajax is a team with several of the biggest promises of today and many of them will want to stand out against the European three-time champion. It will be a qualifying tie to see and undoubtedly place again Madrid among the 8 best teams in Europe.
Liverpool FC vs FC Bayern Münich
Finally we arrive at what will be for me the most attractive tie of these round. Although Bayern Münich started very hesitantly for this edition of the Champions League, they knew how to get back on track and qualify first in their group. On the other hand is the current runner-up of the tournament who lives a sweet moment and will seek to rectify everything he did last year in this competition. Bayern is headed for a renewal but before carrying it out he wants to close this stage with another European joy. Liverpool not only wants to win the Premier League for the first time, it also seeks to be crowned again in the Champions League and will put all the meat on the spit in order to achieve it. A tie that will be very even but I bet on Bayern Münich.