The 2021/2022 UEFA Champions league season will make a return today with some round of 16 fixtures lined up to thrill numerous sports fans.
So many fixtures that were drawn in the round of 16 has previously taken place but there are 2 that has never occurred since the history of the UEFA Champions league. These round of 16 fixtures are:
1. Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City: Both teams has played each other twice and that was in the knockout phase of the 2011/2022 Europa league competition which Sporting Lisbon defeated Manchester City on away goal rule after the first leg ended 1-0 in Portugal whereas the second leg ended 3-2 in Etihad stadium. So today’s match between these two sides will be the first time it will be taking place in the UEFA Champions league.
2. Villarreal vs Juventus: both clubs are not strangers to European competition. But it is surprising that they have only played each other once. On the 7th of August 2009, Juventus defeated the Spanish club by 4 goals to 1. This is the only time they ever met. They will play each other for the first time not only in UEFA Champions league but also in European competition.