Can these three La Liga teams bounce back in the UCL?
The second leg fixtures of the round of 16 games of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League begin today.
This stage of the competition should be a cause for concern for La Liga enthusiasts as only one team amongst the 4 sides that qualified to this stage look good for a place in the next round of the competition. Regardless, nothing is cast in stone yet!
Only 1 La Liga club won their game in the first round of matches of this stage and it was Real Madrid away from home to Serie A outfit Atalanta in a 1 nil victory.
However, the other sides failed in their quest to be in good standing ahead of the second round of games, and Barcelona’s performance was woeful, to say the least. The sad part is that they played at home except for Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona lost 4:1 to a visiting Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou and will now travel to face the Ligue 1 outfit at Parc des Princes for the second leg.
Sevilla lost 3:2 to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and will face them in the second leg at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday night. Can they begin the comeback by La Liga sides in this stage of the competition? We’ll see in some hours!
Red hot Atletico Madrid at the time lost 1 nil to Chelsea at a neutral ground in what was supposed to be a home fixture due to coronavirus travel restrictions. They’ll now travel to face the Blues at Stamford Bridge in London.
Seeing how the first-leg encounters panned out, we could have a UCL quarter-final with just 1 La Liga team present. Will this be the case eventually? If it is, it will be a major disaster for Spanish football. Therefore, they must do all they can to bounce back.
Speaking about a possible bounce back for La Liga sides, only Barcelona have the toughest or I daresay the most impossible of tasks.
They must score at least 4 un-replied goals at Parc des Princes to stand a chance and this won’t be possible unless PSG decide to be unfortunate.
However, the likes of Sevilla and Atletico Madrid can still mount a comeback but Real Madrid cannot afford to get cocky when Atalanta come visiting at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium for the second leg although they have their destiny in their hands.
We look forward to these games and we wait to see if Sevilla can begin the progression of La Liga teams to the next round of the 2020/21 UCL competition or signal the exodus of La Liga teams from the competition.