With the disruption of the normal football calendar due to the coronavirus, we’ve had to contend with matches without fans and strict protocols adhered to. The Uefa Champions League is no exception, teams took back to the grass this past week to finish what had been a thrilling start to the campaign.
Juventus needing a convincing win against french outfit Lyon came up short on away goals despite a penalty and a moment of brilliance from their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. Napoli travelled to Barcelona hoping the Greek gods would lend a hand as they did for their fellow countrymen Roma but it was not to be as Messi was to conjure some magic of his own and steer the Catalans to the last 8.
Meanwhile, in Munich, Chelsea needed somewhat of a miracle to progress but Bayern showed no intentions of slowing down as they came out victorious on a 7-1 aggregate. Pep Guardiola’s men produced a masterclass against Real Madrid benefiting from two defensive errors to secure their place in the last 8.
All attention shifts to this week as teams fight to the bitter end in a one-legged clash that calls for a do or die mentality for the chance to be crowned Kings of Europe.