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Who has shone brightest so far?

Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 12.43CET
Some have soared while others have suffered, but which team most caught your eye during the opening instalments of the UEFA Champions League round of 16?
 
Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 12.43CET

Who has shone brightest so far?

Some have soared while others have suffered, but which team most caught your eye during the opening instalments of the UEFA Champions League round of 16?

With the UEFA Champions League round of 16 ties now poised at the halfway stage, the tournament contenders have all had a chance to demonstrate their potential.

The first legs smiled on the English sides in particular, with Tottenham Hotspur FC clinching an excellent 1-0 win away against AC Milan and Chelsea FC taking a stranglehold on their tussle with FC København. Arsenal FC fought back to grab a 2-1 advantage against FC Barcelona ahead of the return meeting at the Camp Nou on 8 March and even Manchester United FC, the only Premier League outfit not to prevail, can be pleased with their goalless draw at Olympique de Marseille.

Milan's loss heralded a troubling two weeks for the Italian aspirants, all three of whom suffered damaging home losses, and holders FC Internazionale Milano will need a superb performance at FC Bayern München on 15 March if they are to avoid an early exit to last season's runners-up. As for AS Roma, their 3-2 defeat by FC Shakhtar Donetsk suggested the Ukrainian outfit could continue to prove a handful.

While Barcelona now need a victory to progress, their fellow Liga representatives are better placed but still have work to do. Real Madrid CF avoided a fourth consecutive reverse away against Olympique Lyonnais, but their tie is delicately poised at 1-1, and that is also how things stand between Valencia CF and FC Schalke 04 after the Bundesliga outfit made a solid start to their tie in Spain. All 16 clubs will be hopeful of grabbing a quarter-final berth in the decisive legs, but which team has most caught your eye so far?

Last updated: 11/03/11 13.30CET

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