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?
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