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23-Man Squad of Players Knocked Out Of The 20/21 UCL Last 16

The Champions League final is this month. Ronny’s put together a 23-man squad of players that were eliminated from the UCL at the Last 16 stage.

Goalkeeper (3)

Regulation 3 Goalkeepers.

Jan Oblak (Atleti de Madrid)

Good with his hands which is handy for a goalkeeper (haha, hahaha, haha, ha). Reads the game well, has been one of the best since joining Atleti.

Marc Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Number 2 but only just, story of his international career. Like Germany’s number one he can play the sweeper-keeper role.

Péter Gulácsi (Leipzig)

One of the more experienced players in a young Leipzig team who has been vital to their success. Will represent Hungary in the Euros in the Summer.

Defenders (6)

Planning on playing a back 3 so light on center-backs.

Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Still young but already a useful defender who can play in the middle or on the right.

José Giménez (Atleti de Madrid)

A leader in the Atleti team. Can step into a defensive midfield role.

Willi Orbán (Leipzig)

Another experienced head in a young Leipzig side

Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)

Has gone under the radar somewhat since moving to Juve, but still a big defensive presence in any team.

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

A legendary defender and a master of shithousery.

Rafael Tolói (Atalanta)

Atalanta’s captain earns a spot by being Atalanta’s captain.

Midfielders (9)

Always stack the midfield.

Sergio Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio)

An all-round midfielder who will be one of the biggest talents to not get to light up the Euros.

Florian Nehaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Linked with a lot of big clubs including Manchester City.

Koke (Atleti de Madrid)

Recently moved into a more defensive role but can still be a creative presence.

Saul (Atleti de Madrid)

Another all-round midfielder.

Luis Alberto (Lazio)

Can play up front, but even when he does his workrate makes him a box-to-box player.

Dominik Szoboszlai (Leipzig)

Moved in January from Salzburg. Very creative and has that x-factor.

Christopher Nkunku (Leipzig)

Can play on either flank and creates going forward.

De Jong (Barcelona)

Like De Ligt, hasn’t yet lived up to his full potential, but he’s still young and is a great midfield destroyer with vision.

Athur (Juventus)

Starts moves off from deep and is difficult to get the ball off.

Forwards (5)

Plenty going on here.

Alassane Pléa (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Scored 5 goals and got 3 assists in this seasons competition.

Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

Journey-men can eventually find a home. He’s prolific for Lazio.

Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla)

Scored 6 goals in this seasons competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Decent.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Fairly good.

Champions League Last 16 Week 1

The Champions League last 16 got underway this week with 4 first leg ties. Here’s a look at each game.

Mbappe Masterclass For Last Seasons Runners-Up

Despite taking an early lead through a dubious penalty Barca were outplayed by PSG. Messi converted from the spot after De Jong was deemed to have been brought down, although it appeared he may have tripped over his own feet. The goal was well-earned with Messi pulling the strings from a deeper position than usual. PSG had struggled to have much presence in the opposition box, but a neat touch from Mbappe gave the French champions an away goal before halftime. Idrissa Gueye came off for the away side at the break, having arguably been lucky to stay on the pitch. Mbappe and Keane scored within 5 minutes of eachother past the hour mark to put the French side in firm control. Mbappe rounded off his hattrick late on.

FT Barcelona 1-4 PSG

Barcelona 1-4-3-3

Ter Stegen, Dest (Mingueza), Pique (Puig), Lenglet, Alba, De Jong, Busquets (Pjanic), Pedri (Trincao), Griezmann (Braithwaite), Messi, Dembele.

PSG 1-4-2-3-1

Navas, Florenzi (Kehrer), Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa, Paredes, Gueye (Herrera), Kean (Danilo), Veratti (Draxler), Mbappe, Icardi.

Liverpool Return To Winning Ways At Leipzig

Before the game a center-back injury crises for Liverpool looked to hand the advantage to Leipzig. However it was the English Champions who took control of the tie with two away goals from Salah and Mane. Both goals involved poor defending from the Germans, with both Salah and Mane finding themselves with just the keeper to beat after lapses. Leipzig’s best chances game at either end of the game with Olmo hitting the post after 5 minutes and Hwang Hee-Chan shot just wide in injury time.

FT RB Leipzig 0-2 Liverpool

Leipzig 1-4-3-3

Gulacsi, Mukiele (Orban), Klostermann, Upamecano, Angelino, Sabitzer, Haidara (Poulsen), Kampl (Hwang Hee-Chan), Nkunku, Olmo, Adams.

Liverpool 1-4-3-3

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Henderson, Robertson, Alcantara (Oxlade-Chamberlain), Wijnaldum, Jons, Salah (Williams), Firmino (Shaqiri), Mane.

Porto Take The Lead But May Rue Late Juve Goal

It looked set to be a tale of defensive errors at the start of each half with Porto looking very much in control of the tie. Goals from Iranian top scorer Taremi in the 1st minute, and Marega in the 1st minute of the second half gave the Portuguese side the lead thanks to some uncharacteristically disastrous defending from the Scudetto holders. Porto could have sealed the tie with a third, but instead Juve found themselves back in it with a late away goal from Chiesa. Juventus had further chances late on with Ramsey and Morata making the difference.

FT Porto 2-1 Juventus

Porto 1-4-4-2

Marchesin, Manafa, Mbemba, Pepe, Sanusi, Corona (Ndiaye), Uribe, Sergio Oliveira (Francisco Conceicao), Otavio (Luis Diaz), Marega (Grujic), Taremi.

Juventus 1-4-4-2

Szczesny, Danilo, de Ligt, Chiellini (Demiral), Alex Sandro, Chiesa, Rabiot, Bentancur, McKennie (Morata), Kulusevski (Ramsey), Ronaldo.

Wonderkid Haaland Gives Sevilla Norwegian Nightmares

Last seasons Europa League winners have it all to do if they are to advance in the Champions League this season. Things started brightly with Suso giving the Spanish sides the lead. However Erling Haaland was the difference maker with an assist and two goals in the first half. First Haaland set up Dahoud for the equalizer, before putting Dortmund, who are struggling for form in the Bundesliga, ahead. Haaland made it 1-3 just before halftime. Sevilla got one back late in the game through de Jong, but will need to score at least twice if they are to continue their UCL journey,

FT Sevilla 2-3 Dortmund

Sevilla 1-4-3-3

Bono, Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Escudero, Jordan (Rodriguez), Ferando, Rakitic (Gudelj), Suso (de Jong), En Nesyri (El Haddadi), Gomez (Torres).

Dortmund 1-4-3-2-1

Hitz, Morey Bauza, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro (Passlack), Dahoud (Meunier), Can, Bellingham, Reus (Brandt), Sancho, Haaland.