The Arsenal and Barcelona will be having their first knock out stage game in the Champions League of the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) on Wednesday.
Last week, Paris Saint-Germain defeated the reigning Premiere League champion Chelsea in a 2-1 victory when they showed great control of the game. On the other hand, Benefica also proved their prowess through their 1-0 win against Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid went against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico last week in the first round of play, where they dominated their opponent. Aside from them, K.A.A Gent and VFL Wolfsburg also competed in their first match up at the Ghelamco Arena last week. Although Wolfsburg snagged the win, they were not able to grab it as easy as expected, posing some difficulty for their team in their games ahead.
The teams are having a rest day on Tuesday and will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 23 where Arsenal and Barcelona will be facing off in the first leg of the Round of 16 match up. Arsenal may be confronting its strongest opponent yet, with the solid players lined up for Barcelona.
According to International Business Times, Arsenal’s fate may depend on their manager Arsene Wenger’s strategy. He may opt for a more cautious tactic, do a head-to-head attack, or perhaps use two defensive-centric midfielders. Goal revealed that the team decided to implement a “ruthless tactic” when they face Barcelona.
“We’ll need great solidarity because we’ll need to defend well, and make the maximum of our possession, which we didn’t do today,” Wenger revealed in the news portal, referring to the 0-0 draw with Hull City last Saturday.
Meanwhile, though Barcelona’s performance had been relatively lukewarm being away from their home base compared to their previous years, predictions still favor them in a 2-1 victory against Arsenal.
The final round of the first leg match will be on Feb. 24, with teams striving to get the best position that will benefit them in the remaining games of the league.