The first legs of the Champions League’s round of 16 have been completed and we would like to discuss what we learned from this week’s matches.
We’ve had a goalless Tuesday, with both games in Liverpool and Lyon finishing 0-0, while it was far more exciting on Wednesday, with Atletico trashing Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Manchester City came from behind with 10 men against Schalke, to win 3-2 in the first leg of their round of 16 encounter.
⏰ RESULT ⏰
😱 What. A. Night!
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 20, 2019
Here are the three things we learned from the four games played during this week.
Liverpool can keep a clean-sheet without Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool played against Bayern Munich at Anfield in the first leg of the Round of 16.
The Reds were without their best defender – Virgil van Dijk, who was out of the game due to yellow cards suspension.
With Dejan Lovren being injured, Klopp had to start the game with Fabinho and Joel Matip in the back four.
Everyone was expecting a great game in Liverpool with many goals, but what we got was a goalless draw instead.
Liverpool 0-0 Bayern.
Lyon 0-0 Barcelona.
Not the feast of goals we might have been hoping for tonight in the #UCL.Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk believes that Holland is not favorite to defeat Germany on Sunday, but the man is completely wrong. After making such...
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 19, 2019
However, Liverpool’s defenders proved that are capable of getting a clean-sheet without their best defender. They managed to stop Robert Lewandowski and let the Bayern Munich players only one shot on target. Jurgen Klopp can be proud of his boys.
Luis Suarez needs to spend some time on the bench
Barcelona played a 0-0 draw at Lyon on Tuesday, despite having 24 shots towards the opponent’s goal. Luis Suarez was the man to miss most of the chances, as the Uruguayan now hasn’t scored in his five appearances for the club.
He is scoreless in the Champions League this season and has just one goal in his last 17 games in the competition.
There are two El Clasicos upcoming until the end of February and Ernesto Valverde can’t rely on Luiz Suarez, who is obviously playing in poor form.
Maybe the Spanish coach should try with Lionel Messi as a false nine until the Uruguayan finds himself again.
Atletico Madrid can play attacking football
Everyone was expecting a tough match, without many chances at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Wednesday night, but Diego Simeone surprised them all, including the Juventus head coach – Max Allegri.
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 20, 2019
Atletico Madrid played attractive and attacking football and shut down Cristiano Ronaldo at the same time.
Their second-half performance was amazing, as Alvaro Morata had a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee in the 70th minute.
That didn’t stop the Colchoneros and thanks to Jose Maria Gimenez’ and Diego Godin’s goals in the last 15 minutes Atletico won the game 2-0.