Bayern Munich vs Lazio
At one point early in the second half, this looked like being an absolute drubbing for Lazio as Bayern were scoring with almost every attack they had. However a Correa strike handed some respectability to the scoreline and the Italians kept Bayern out the rest of the game. However, it is a small victory in the scheme of things as I can only see Bayern dominating the second leg in Munich and likely winning by a similar scoreline to the first leg to complete a comprehensive win here.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid
This was the other game where I felt Atletico could cause a surprise. They are leading La Liga and have the players to cause any defence in the world problems and it is worth remembering that they were the team that eliminated Liverpool on their own ground last season in this competition. The difference here though is that Chelsea hold a lead from the first leg and that is vital. That means Atletico have to come out and attack at some point and cannot just sit back and defend, which they prefer to do. That I think offers Chelsea a chance to hurt Atletico themselves and Thomas Tuchel’s side have been capable of doing that in big games of late. As such, I think Chelsea scrape this one by a single goal to progress.
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