by Adekunle Mumin
The final round of UEFA Champions League last 16 competition comes to an end with blockbuster return fixtures.
Chelsea will be hosting Spanish LA LIGA league leaders Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge. On the other hand Bayern Munich welcomes Lazio to Allianz Arena.
The Blues have a crucial away goal from Olivier Giroud in the first leg of the match fixtu are favorites yet still the underdogs.
“We know how hard it is to beat Atletico but this is our plan. First of all this is maybe the worst moment to talk about it, one day before a big match, an important match.” Says Tomas Tuchel the Chelsea manager.
Tuchel ahead of Atletico on Wednesday night
He also continued by praising the opponent that “Well I believe that every club has its DNA and characteristics, it’s Diego Simeone, and Atletico became one of the toughest teams to beat in Europe.
“So this is their characteristic, they rely on a disciplined, hard-working, super organised defence. At the same time they have incredible quality to attack and to play also possession game.
“For me it’s a very complete squad and you have to be aware of everything. They are able to press high, defend low, play for possession. But in most of the games they rely on a hard-working defence, so this is the characteristic of the club, the characteristic of the coach.”
Bayern Munich welcomes Lazio to Allianz Arena
However, the Bavarian team are the favourites for Wednesday’s night fixture against Lazio.
UCL 16: Bayern vs Lazio
Scoring 4 goals away from home in the first fixture at Italy in Lazio’s, Hansi Flick Bayern’s team are indeed the favourites for the match.
On the flip side, Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi is thinking of starting Ciro Immobile and Felipe Caicedo against Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening.
According to a report from Italian media outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi earlier “coach Inzaghi is hoping that 31-year-old Italian striker Immobile will finally break his six-game goal drought against the Bavarian side tomorrow evening.”
However, the night of UEFA Champions League as proven to best of best pundits and statistics wrong!