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UEFA Champions League what to look out for: Salzburg vs Bayern, Inter vs Liverpool

The second set of UEFA Champions League round of 16 first legs features Bayern and Liverpool, who look to continue their perfect campaigns at Salzburg and Inter respectively.

The seond installment of UEFA Champions League round of 16 first legs takes Bayern to Salzburg while Inter welcome Liverpool
The seond installment of UEFA Champions League round of 16 first legs takes Bayern to Salzburg while Inter welcome Liverpool

The second set of UEFA Champions League round of 16 first legs offer up another selection of potential headline-makers, intriguing sub-plots and players to keep a close eye on.

Presented by Expedia, we run the rule over what might have people talking when the knockout stage continues to take shape.

Round of 16 opening week

Tuesday 15 February
Sporting CP 0-5 Manchester City
Paris 1-0 Real Madrid

Wednesday 16 February
Salzburg 1-1 Bayern
Inter 0-2 Liverpool

All kick-offs 21:00 CET

Debutants meet old-timers

Every Bayern group stage goal

The contrast in pedigree at this level is plain to see. Salzburg are the first-time upstarts looking to muscle in on the old guard, but their maiden round of 16 assignment could scarcely be trickier. Bayern have won 13 of their previous 17 ties and have lost only one of the last ten.

The German Bundesliga champions are expert travellers, too, having gone 21 matches unbeaten on the road in Europe. The last time they tasted defeat away from Munich was a 3-0 loss to Paris on Matchday 2 of the 2017/18 campaign. If not already daunting enough, it will not have escaped Matthias Jaissle's attention that Bayern racked up a perfect group stage, too.

Liverpool return to San Siro

Inter vs Liverpool: Round of 16 head-to-head

The Reds will be in the unusual position of playing away at the same stadium for the second successive game – albeit against different opponents. Jürgen Klopp's charges will know their way around San Siro having won 2-1 against Inter's city rivals AC Milan on Matchday 6 to sign off from the group stage with a 100% record.

The Nerazzurri are back in the last 16 for the first time since 2011/12, but can draw confidence from their impressive home record against English opponents (W11 D3 L2). Indeed they have won their last five, most recently when they beat Tottenham 2-1 in the 2018/19 group stage.