Enough with the group stage niceties: from here on out, it’s kill or be killed in the 2014 – 2015 UEFA Champions League. The groups are over, and the fixtures officially announced for the first part of the knockout phase. And while some teams have gotten draws that should be easy (Bayern Munich, for instance, will play Ukrainian club FC Shakhtar Donetsk), Manchester City is not one of them. On the contrary, the Sky Blues have been paired with FC Barcelona for the round of 16. In other words, grab your Man City infant clothing and team home kits today – these games are going to be real nail-biters.
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A Tough Draw
It has been clear for a while that the Sky Blues were going to face a tough draw for the round of 16. While the club did earn the right to advance to the knockout phase of the 2014 – 2015 UCL, the fact that they came in second place in their group meant that they were probably going to get a tougher draw than they would have with a win.
If you are looking to dress your baby in Man City infant clothing, you probably already know all about the club’s performance in the group stage. Competing in Group E (with Bayern Munich, Roma, and CSKA Moscow), Manchester City won two matches, drew two matches, and lost two matches.
Suffice to say that, among the soccer teams advancing to the knockouts, those are some of the weaker statistics. In other words, it’s only fair that the Sky Blues got a tough draw for the next step of the tournament.
And while Barcelona definitely performed better in the groups (winning five of their games and only losing one), the two teams are still in a similar tier of quality: one is the reigning victor of the English Premier League, while the other is a reigning runner-up in the Spanish La Liga. In other words, don’t pack up your Manchester City baby sleepsuit 2014 – 2015 just yet: the Sky Blues still have a shot at advancing—even if they’ll have to take down Barca to do it.
The Last-Minute Surge
Even if facing Barcelona in the round of 16 will be a monumental challenge, it’s worth noting that Man City is lucky to have gotten even this far. The football club struggled in the early weeks and months of the 2014 – 2015 Champions League, failing to win its first four group stage games.
As the end of November approached, the Sky Blues still had no UCL wins on their scorecard for the fall. You can bet that parents were beginning to second-guess their choice of Man City infant clothing. It looked like the team was going to be eliminated before the end of the groups.
And then, somehow, the club got a second wind of sorts. They rallied on November 25th to defeat Bayern Munich 3-2 in a home match, and came back a few weeks later to topple Roma 2-0. The last-minute surge of wins was enough for Manchester City to beat Roma and CSKA Moscow to knockout phase advancement.
Manchester City versus Barcelona
Now, Manchester will battle Barca in a two-leg round of 16 match-up. The football games are scheduled for February 24th, 2015 (at home) and March 18th (away). Prepare for the fixtures today with a new Manchester City baby sleepsuit 2014 – 2015 from Soccer Box!
The fixtures will certainly see some of the more exciting knockout phase action for the 2014 – 2015 Champions League. The teams met during the round of 16 stage last year too, and Barca won both fixtures. However, considering Manchester City’s recent run of success in the English premier division, they can’t be counted out yet.
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