Back in May of 2016 when Real Madrid were celebrating their 2015-16 UEFA Champions league title and wrapping up their champions parade the tournament was preparing to begin once again. As we enter 2017 a quick look at the remaining schedule for the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League tournament that ends with a March Final at Cardiff’s National Stadium of Wales.
The UEFA Champions League draw has Bayern Munich squaring off against Arsenal in the round of 16 for the third time in five seasons. Arsenal is dead set on avenging their recent losses to Bayern. The two clubs met in back-to-back seasons in the first knockout round of 2013 and ’14. Also in Monday’s draw, defending champion Real Madrid drew a match as host to Napoli on Feb. 15, and Barcelona will play visitor against Paris Saint-Germain on February 14.
Sorry Celtic fans, you just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. The popular Scottish side finds itself in Group C of the UEFA Champions League group stage draw with Manchester City and Barcelona. Group C will probably attract the most eyeballs, but there are a handful of other really intriguing matchups, including PSG-Arsenal in Group A, Bayern-Atletico in Group D, and Real Madrid-Dortmund in Group F. The top two teams from each of the eight groups will advance to the round of 16.
Portugal may have not won a single game in the 90 minutes so far in the EURO, but they are at the semi-finals thanks to their coach’s tactical skill in the knock-out matches. On the other hand, Wales have been very impressive so far, they are the biggest surprise in this competition and they will be very hard to overcome.
Hungary’s qualification to the knock-out round is a huge success and not many people expected that, but now it gets tricky. Their opponent is Belgium who haven’t yet performed at their peak, but they have a very talented team, and if they can overcome the psychological factor, they will win this match-up.
The fairy tale continues for both Wales and Northern Ireland, in their first ever presence at the EURO, which was combined with a qualification to the round of 16. Both teams will aim to take their campaign one step further, but Wales are considered as a slight favorite by the bookmakers.