Round 16 of the Champions League put an end to suggestions that the supremacy which the Spanish teams showed over the other teams throughout this year’s Champions League was coming to an end. Leicester seemed to be the only team that managed to eliminate a Spanish team after nearly 10 attempts. Meanwhile Manchester United crashed out against Sevilla and Barcelona managed to out Chelsea from the Champions League. Tottenham didn’t fare any better against the experienced Italian team Juventus.
Messi and Ronaldo – Losing their magic touch
The fact that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s vital presence in their teams Barcelona and Real Madrid are the reason for the team’s progress cannot be taken into dispute. They also have squashed rumours that they are losing their special touch. Messi, who scored three goals against Chelsea, has the highest Who Scored rating with 8.77 points. Messi’s goals included the two he scored on Wednesday at Camp Nou. Ronaldo not to be left behind, helped his team Madrid defeat Paris Saint-Germain. Ronaldo still seems to be the leading man in his team.
Out of the five goals Real Madrid scored against the French team, Ronaldo’s contribution was four. He managed to keep up with his record of scoring at least one goal in every single game this Champions League season. His total goal count is an incredible 12 in this Champions League.
Best Rated XI
Madrid players, Casemiro and Marcelo have joined Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League team of the round. Meanwhile, Samuel Umtiti has joined Lionel Messi to represent Barcelona in the best-rated XI. Also joining them in the best-rated XI is Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane after they played a central part in their teams play in their own contests. Sevilla knocked out Manchester United from the champion league by 2-1. United could have had it worse if not for their star player David de Gea. David de Gea who is the goalkeeper for Man. United saved over 12 goals for his side. This is the most saves in this round. The Italian Giorgio Chiellini is the sole representative from Serie A in the best-rated XI. He was instrumental in the 2-1-win Juventus had against Tottenham with 22 clearances.
In other News
Jupp Heynckes has returned to Bayern Munich and it looks like it has benefitted Thomas Muller more than anyone else. The twenty-eight-year-old German who has a WhoScored rating of 8.61, scored four of the eight goals in the game against Besiktas. Michael Lang, the right-back for Basel scored a win for the team that put it ahead of Manchester City, thus becoming the only team to beat Manchester City this season. But the sad part is that Basel has been eliminated from the competition.
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