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Matchups: Galatasaray (Group H runners-up) vs. Schalke 04 (Group B winners); Arsenal (Group B runners-up) vs. Bayern Munich (Group F winners); Shakhtar Donetsk (Group E runners-up) vs. Borussia Dortmund (Group D winners)
All three German teams advanced from the knockout stage. All three should be favored to win their Round of 16 ties. But will they?
Schalke face a tricky matchup with Turkish giants Galatasaray, whose home stadium is a tough assignment for any visitor. Despite finishing above Arsenal in Group B, Schalke have struggled lately in the Bundesliga (two points from six matches).
Manager Huub Stevens was sacked over the weekend. That means Schalke are in transition.
Bayern Munich, who started the Bundesliga season in record form, should have enough firepower to beat an inconsistent Arsenal. But the Gunners have shown glimpses of attacking strength this season as well.
Regardless, Bayern—who were beaten finalists last season—will be heavy favorites and should advance comfortably.
Borussia Dortmund successfully navigated Group D, the so-called "Group of Death," by outplaying Real Madrid, Ajax and Manchester City. As such, Jurgen Klopp's men have earned the status of early favorites for the title.
Shakhtar Donetsk will be no pushover, though. The Ukrainians eliminated defending champions Chelsea and pushed Juventus to the limit for the top spot in Group E.
All three German clubs will thus face difficult challenges, but all three are capable of advancing. If they do, we might start wondering whether this is the season of German domination in the Champions League.