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UCL Preview: Atalanta vs Valencia

Every year in the Champions League, there are one or two teams that are always the most sought after draws. Invariably they are teams that manage to score an upset or two in the Group Stage or maybe finished second place on goal difference, perhaps? With all due respect, Valencia and Atalanta are two of these “preferred draws” but they both have certain qualities that could pose a challenge for other teams. Thankfully for both, they face each other in the Round of 16.

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UCL Preview: Manchester City vs Real Madrid

Last season’s record breaking Premier League winners finished the year in third place. Manchester City sit 14 points off of the leaders, having already lost more games this season than they did in the year prior. With the league firmly lost, a Champions League trophy would be one of the better consolations. Real Madrid, however, ended their year just two points off Barcelona. The Cristiano Ronaldo chapter appears to have finally ended and Zinedine Zidane can begin working towards a prosperous future. In their competition, Madrid face a team that will leave everything on the field.

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UCL Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Paris Saint-Germain

In Germany, there is a saying about the DFB cup competition: “Der Pokal hat seine eigenen Gesetze” or “the cup has its own rules”. What is meant by this is that, in a knock-out situation, any team can go through against any opponent. With the group stage of the Champions League now complete, we move to the knock-out round, a competition where this saying rings more true than ever.

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