There will be five Colombian soccer players who will have action in the next phase of the Champions League. Luis Díaz and Liverpool will have the most difficult confrontation of all
These are the Colombians who will play in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Image: Getty Images, AFP, Reuters.
The 2022/2023 edition of the most important club tournament in the world, the UEFA Champions Leaguecontinues to advance to define the team that will wear the crown of the king of Europe. After the group stage, renowned clubs such as Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, F.C. Barcelona, Sporting Lisboa, R.B. Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla and Juventus, were left with no possibility of advancing, but the competition is still quite closed.
In the early hours of this Monday In Colombia, the official draw for the round of 16 of the contest was held, within which several confrontations drew a lot of attention and some players coffee growersthey will have to wear their shirts with pride and strength to overcome the complicated keys.
It should be remembered that they were Luis Díaz with Liverpool F.C.; Mateus Uribe with Porto F.C.; Éder Álvarez Balanta with Witches; Davinson Sánchez with Tottenham and Rafael Santos Borré with Eintracht Frankfurt, the Colombian soccer players who managed to advance to the next phase of the tournament and those who could have action in this next stage of the Champions League.
These are the rivals of the Colombians in the next qualifying round of the Champions League:
Luis Díaz -Liverpool F.C. vs. Real Madrid
This is undoubtedly the most striking match of the round of 16 of the competition. A rematch of the match played in the final of the tournament last season, where the Spanish team won by the slightest difference. This commitment may represent for Díaz and those led by the German Jürgen Klopp, a perfect platform to adjust their course this season and get rid of the thorn of the lost opportunity last season.
In that final, the Colombian was completely erased from the field of play by Carvajal, leaving an entire country wanting to see a compatriot act in the best way on the best elite stage. It is important to note that by these dates, Díaz should have fully recovered from the current knee injury from which he is suffering, so he should be available for the match.
Mateus Uribe – Porto F.C. vs. Inter Milan
The second game that could present surprises is the one between the Portuguese and the Italians. In recent seasons, Inter have tried to redeem themselves, but their sporting performance has not allowed them to advance to the decisive stages of the competition.
For its part, the Portuguese team wants to continue showing that it has the necessary spirit to continue 'killing' giants. Uribe was one of the main players to get out of the group stage, so there is a good chance that he will see good minutes of play in these qualifiers.
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The other Colombians and their pairings
Forward Rafael Santos Borré of Eintracht Frankfurt will have to measure himself against Napoli. On paper, the Italians have the advantage to overcome the key, they are currently leaders of Serie A and in the Champions League they managed to hit hard by beating Liverpool by a landslide in the first group date, there is a good possibility that the Colombian watch the match from the bench.
The central defender Davinson Sánchez will also be on the benchwith Tottenham who ended up paired with reigning Italian champions AC Milan. Finally, Éder Álvarez Balanta and Bruges will face Benfica, in this tie, the tricolor could also be a substitute.
These are all the clashes of the Champions League Round of 16
– Liverpool F.C. vs. Real Madrid C.F.
– RB Leipzig vs. Manchester City
– Club Brugge vs. Benfica
– AC Milan vs. Tottenham Hotspur
– Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Napoli
– Borussia Dortmund vs. Chelsea
– Inter Milan vs. Porto F.C.
– Paris Saint Germain vs. Bayern Munich
The first leg of the round of 16 will be played between 14/15 and 21/22 February, while the final match will be will be given between 7/8 and 14/15 March next year. The structure of the qualifiers is set so that the players can arrive in good shape after having played in the Qatar 2022 World Cup by resuming their regular activities.