With the round of 16 first legs over, Nick Ames picks the best Champions League XI with David De Gea the star of the round.
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Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United)
If it were not for De Gea, United's Champions League campaign would be teetering on the brink. He made two stunning saves at Sevilla, most notably a staggering reaction stop from Luis Muriel, preserving a clean sheet on a night when his side were anaemic at the other end. Muriel...
MUNICH, Germany -- For a team that had effectively sealed progress to the Champions League quarterfinals at the halfway stage, Bayern Munich's list of complaints after the 5-0 win over Besiktas was impressively long.
"We didn't exude the necessary calmness on the ball and our passing was off," Joshua Kimmich said. "It looked careless, we were not quite at it. The sharpness and aggression (in the final third) were missing," Arjen Robben noted. Manager Jupp Heynckes, too, bemoaned "a lack of rhythm...
Were you wondering why Thomas Muller was in such fine form on Tuesday night?
Bayern Munich's captain put in a man-of-the-match display with two goals and an assist in the 5-0 Champions League hammering of Besiktas and his wife Lisa, an equestrian athlete, posted an Instagram video which suggests he got some top tips before the game.
Muller's horsing around with her equine companion Filou certainly seems to have done the trick.
Bayern Munich have one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals after thrashing 10-man Besiktas 5-0, courtesy of two goals apiece from the "unique" Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski and another from the impressive Kingsley Coman.
Bayern are set for their seventh successive quarterfinal and can bank on their home fortress. They've won 20 out of 21 games at the Allianz Arena, with their only defeat coming to eventual Champions League winners Real Madrid last season.
Tuesday's round-of-16 appointment with Besiktas is just like every other match for Bayern Munich: a must-win fixture. Failure to advance to the quarterfinals after landing their preferred opponent at the draw in Nyon would constitute a real embarrassment in the Bavarian capital, akin to the sense of disbelief that greeted their exit against Inter Milan at the same stage in 2011.
Following that ignominious second-half 3-2 collapse at the Allianz Arena after Bayern had taken a 2-1 lead, Louis van...