Get your Barcelona kit ready: the Barca squad will face a battle in the round of 16 for the 2014 2015 UEFA Champions League. For the second year in a row, the prestigious Spanish football club was drawn against Manchester City in the first round of the tournament's knockout phase.
Based on how things went last year, this is good news for Barcelona. After all, they beat Man City in both the home and away legs of last year's round of 16. Add the fact that the 2014 2015 Barcelona squad has a better record in La Liga than Manchester has in the Premier League, and FC Barcelona is definitely the team favored to advance to the quarterfinals. Celebrate that fact today with a new official football kit! Whether you are looking for a standard home shirt or for a Barcelona goalkeeper shirt 2014 2015, you can find it at Soccer Box!
A Challenging Draw
Even though Barca is favored to reach the quarterfinals, the round of 16 games against Man City won't be easy, automatic wins. Suffice it to say there's a reason the Sky Blues won the Premier League title in 2013 2014.
So far in this year's Champions League play, Man City striker Sergio Aguero has scored five goals. That's not as many as Barca's Luis Suarez, who has netted eight. However, since the two footballers play together on the Argentina national football team, they may be able to handle one another in ways that other players couldn't. In other words, it's poetic that they're facing off once again in the UCL.
The draw will also be a challenge considering the fact that Barcelona and the Sky Blues have similar records right now in their respective domestic divisions. Out of 16 games played, the wearers of the Barcelona kit have won 12, drawn two, and lost two. They are situated in second place, behind Real Madrid.
Similarly, the Sky Blues have won 12 games, drawn three, and lost two. (Premier League teams have played one extra game on top of La Liga competitors.) They are also situated in second place in their division, behind Chelsea.
In other words, these two teams are essentially each other's Spanish/English counterparts. That fact should make for some competitive and exciting matches, though, and you can prepare for those upcoming games with a new Barcelona goalkeeper shirt 2014 2015 at Soccer Box!
2014 2015 UCL Play So Far
While these two squads may look even from their domestic stats, there is no question that Barca has outperformed Manchester so far in the 2014 2015 UCL. Barcelona won Group F (which included Paris Saint Germain, Ajax, and APOEL) with five wins and one loss. Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo also did the Barcelona kit proud in those football games, keeping clean sheets in three of them.
Manchester, meanwhile, came in second place in Group E (which included Bayern Munich, Roma, and CSKA Moscow). Their record was unspectacular in those games though, with two wins, two draws, and two losses. Furthermore, goalkeeper Joe Hart only kept a clean sheet in one of those matches.
Based on these statistics, Barca easily has the edge going into the round of 16. Not only does the team have the more prolific scorer in Messi, but also the more consistent goalkeeper in Bravo. Stop by Soccer Box and pick up a Messi home kit or Barcelona goalkeeper shirt 2014 2015 to celebrate the two players.
Regardless of which soccer team currently has the advantage, fans of each should be ready for action-packed knockout stage play come 2015. The 2014 2015 UCL will resume play in February, with the first leg of the Barcelona-Man City match-up to be played on February 24. The second leg is scheduled for March 11.
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