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Tips for Soccer: UEFA Champions League Last 16 Matches

 
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UEFA Champions League 2012-13 has come down to 16 teams and the matches in this phase will start this week. The competition started with 76 best clubs in Europe and now it has been minimized significantly. In the round of 16 there are many reputed names such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Juventus, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Valencia and Paris Saint Germain. Some newcomers will also be seen in this stage such as Malaga, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic, Galatasaray and Schalke 04. As ever this will be where best football stars will try show what they have got. Giving soccer tips on whom to put your money on is a risky affair.

 

Let us start with Paris Saint-Germain, the French big spenders have invested heavily this season right from appointing Carlo Ancelotti. They have a prolific striker in Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is ably supported by Ezequiel Lavezzi. David Beckham’s recent acquisition means there is quality in dead ball situations. Galatasaray on the other hand have been boosted by their latest signing of the Ivorian forward Didier Drogba who performed admirably last season for Chelsea in the UCL. Galatasaray also have prolific Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder in their ranks.

 

If you are to give safe tips for soccer about the winner of UCL 2012-13 then three teams that would come up are Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona. All these teams have quality and depth in their squad. But it is a pity that only one of the teams between ManU and Real can go further as they are pitted against one another. Manchester United has been on top of BPL table for almost all season. Their forward line has formidable names such as Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney. Real Madrid on the other hand (as always) is a galaxy of stars. They have Christiano Ronaldo (who has been scoring goals at will), Kerim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Kaka, Sami Khedira, Luka Modric and Mesut Ozil in their ranks. When both these teams clash it would be a spectacle for sure.

 

Barcelona on the other hand has to get over the AC Milan hurdle to progress to the next round. Again a great clash waits. Messi and his team have to get over the stubborn AC Milan defence.    

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