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5 Most Intriguing Round of 16 Matches in UEFA Champions League

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Intriguing Matchups in UCL Round Of 16

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The Champions League draw is over and with the 16 teams settled into eight thrilling knockout draws, it’s time to see which teams have the best matchup ahead of them.

It needs to be clarified that there were only two rules with the draw: it wasn’t allowed to have two teams from the same country facing each other and also, it wasn’t possible to see teams that faced already in the first round matching up again. Thus, a Barcelona -- Real Madrid or an Arsenal -- Dortmund were already discarded.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the matchups left to be played were quite exciting.

While some teams had very easy draws, others were left with a lot of questions ahead of their matchup based on their form and their rival. Teams with a lot of history were left to play between them and there was also a matchup between two of the best European sides at the moment.

Out of the eight draws, five matches stand out to be very competitive. Whether if that is because of the rivals, due to history or due to the current state of form of these two sides, it’s undeniable that these five contests are quite intriguing and it’s very difficult to forecast them with almost two months left until the playoff rounds start.

Without further ado, please join me through this slideshow as we check the five most intriguing Champions League matches that will take place in the Round of 16 of Europe’s most important club competition.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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5. AC Milan (ITA) vs Atletico Madrid (SPA)

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The team led by Diego Simeone was arguably one of the top teams in the Group Stage, but AC Milan is a tough draw for any side in a playoff round. The Serie A outfit has a lot of experience and they will give Atletico Madrid a hard time.

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4. Olympiakos (GRE) vs Man. United (ENG)

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Manchester United has always had trouble against lesser teams in the knockout rounds and this time it will be no different. While there are still almost two months to commence the playoff round, the squad managed by David Moyes has struggled all year long and if they can’t turn things around by February, Olympiakos could give them a hard fight, especially at Old Trafford.

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3. Galatasaray (TUR) vs Chelsea (ENG)

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This one is very uncertain to forecast. Chelsea has a better team and an experienced manager in Jose Mourinho, but Galatasaray already knocked Juventus off the competition. The Turkish side has all the weapons to pull another upset and if The Blues can’t play with consistency, they could farewell the tournament in this round.

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2. Arsenal (ENG) vs Bayern Munich (GER)

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The current leaders in two of the most important European leagues will surely have a huge clash as both teams have a direct, attacking passing style. Bayern Munich are arriving undoubtedly in a better form but Arsenal has pulled some upsets before and they could cause another shocker against the current champions.

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1. Man City (ENG) vs Barcelona (SPA)

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No other tie will have more attention than this one. Both sides have managers in their first year – Gerardo Martino at Barça and Manuel Pellegrini at The Citizens – and both teams play with an attacking style that could predict a lot of goals between them. Barcelona has the edge in terms of star power and squad, but Manchester City has an advantage off the field as Pellegrini has faced Barcelona several times while managing both Real Madrid and Malaga.