Champions League Knock-Out Stages: Guide To The Last 16 Teams

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Champions League Knock-Out Stages: Guide To The Last 16 Teams
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The jubilant Inter side

It is the time of the year when the excitement reaches its peak in European football. The Christmas bells are ringing, as the teams are reaching the culmination of the first phase of their domestic leagues. This period proves to be extremely crucial for the fate of the teams in the coming months as the managers form a fair idea of the campaign so far and in accordance with their assessment, do the repair work in the winter transfer market.

Another important aspect that underlines this month is Europe’s most elite competition – UEFA Champions League – reaches its second level as the top 16 teams in Europe get set to compete. Although the fixtures of the pre-quarters round take place during the month of February, the excitement never tends to cease.

This time around too, the exhilaration for the Champions League knock-out rounds among the whole community is exceeding with every single day passing and the ambitions for the highest total are prospected to be drawing the clubs into an off-field tussle too during the transfer window.

While all the managers would be keen to celebrate Christmas on a positive note by claiming maximum points in the couple of fixtures before going into the break, they would equally emphasize strategies and schemes to challenge for a title in Europe too.

What I have presented in the slideshow is an attempt to rank the 16 competing teams for the title on the basis of various parameters. Teams are listed in a descending order with the team with the least likeliness to win the title being the first and the order follows with the increase in the probability of a team bagging the esteemed crown. The team that happens to be the most definite title contender is listed the last. 

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