After a two-month break following the group stage, the UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday with the spherical of 16.
For a number of of Europe’s high groups, they may have the prospect to show their value after receiving favorable attracts. That’s the case for these up first — reigning champions Manchester Metropolis, home league leaders Actual Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain and regional heavyweights Bayern Munich. That stated, there are nonetheless a couple of compelling matchups that might be carefully contested affairs like Inter’s conflict with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona’s showdown with Napoli.
Forward of one other fascinating spherical of fixtures, this is what it is advisable know earlier than tuning in.
Find out how to watch
Each minute of Champions League motion, together with the UEFA Champions League At present pre-game and post-game reveals, will stream dwell on Parmount+. CBS may even carry pre-game protection and air one match a day throughout the spherical of 16, whereas CBS Sports Network may even present the post-game present.
CBS Sports activities Golazo Community may even be house to a number of hours of protection, together with CBS Sports activities Golazo Matchday, which is able to start earlier than the matches and run till the ultimate whistle. Scoreline will deal with post-match protection with two separate reveals that night, whereas The Champions Membership will present extra updates. CBS Sports activities Golazo Community will cap off the primary day of Champions League spherical of 16 protection with the return of Kickin’ It, which is able to function two-time Girls’s World Cup winner Ali Krieger as a visitor.
Spherical of 16 TV schedule
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*one match on March 5 and March 6 may even air on CBS Tv Community
Storylines for the spherical of 16
Actual Madrid’s reinforcements with out Bellingham
Actual Madrid shall be with out the star of their present on Tuesday, as Jude Bellingham sits out the subsequent few weeks after spraining his ankle of their 4-0 win over Girona over the weekend. It’s arduous to undersell the Englishman’s significance, since he scored 4 objectives and picked up three assists throughout the group stage, however the excellent news for Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect is that even with out Bellingham, they need to be in robust form going ahead.
Actual Madrid have scored 12 objectives of their final 5 video games, counting on seven totally different goalscorers alongside the best way. Bellingham has three objectives throughout that stretch however Vinicius Junior has 4, whereas Joselu notched a brace in opposition to Getafe earlier this month. With the likes of Rodrygo and Brahim Diaz additionally contributing in current weeks, Ancelotti will seemingly have the prospect to indicate off Actual Madrid’s attacking depth on Tuesday earlier than welcoming again Bellingham in time for the second leg on March 6.
Bayern’s existential disaster
Bayern are the favorites in opposition to Lazio and nonetheless within the race to win each the Bundesliga and the Champions League, however this season forces the query: What does success appear like for a staff that has not seen them dominate in a method many are used to seeing?
A powerful outing on Wednesday could be the appropriate solution to bounce again from Saturday, after they have been creamed 3-0 by Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern mustered only one shot heading in the right direction. It will additionally permit them to proceed their fantastic type within the Champions League, wherein they cruised to high spot in Group A after an undefeated group stage marketing campaign. Harry Kane has clearly been a standout in his first season in Munich, scoring 4 objectives and recording three assists in six Champions League video games to date.
The struggles have been reserved for his or her different competitions, although. Bayern are presently 5 factors behind Leverkusen within the league and have been knocked out of the DFB Pokal within the second spherical, which has some questioning if that less-than-ideal type will ultimately catch as much as them in Europe. It appears unlikely that it’ll in opposition to Lazio, however even when Thomas Tuchel and firm cross this check with flying colours, we’ll nonetheless be ready to seek out out if Bayern have the power to show issues round.