Champions League: fans from around Europe preview the last-16 stage

Spurs dread in-form Juventus, Porto plan to cause an upset at Anfield and Neymar will show Spain what it is missing

Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur

Juventus
If we play as solidly as we have done in the last few months, we will be tough to beat. After a slow start to the season we have picked up in defence and now, despite not looking electric going forward, we are becoming the Juve machine again. If we continue this ascent defensively, we will win games – we usually find a goal or two even when not playing brilliantly. Medhi Benatia has done well this season especially at home against Barcelona. I have also been impressed with Sami Khedira; he does a lot of work for the team. Blaise Matuidi also deserves a mention for giving us some much needed pace in midfield. Giuseppe Ciccarello

Tottenham
Given the draw, making it to the quarter-finals would be immense. I’m watching Juventus’s current run of form with a feeling of intense dread. Keeping it tight in Turin will be key. The results in the group stages, particularly against Real Madrid, were based on a level of discipline. We need more of the same please: solid defence, good transition from defence to attack, and taking chances when they come. Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane all played key roles in the group. Moussa Sissoko causing minor havoc in Madrid was fun too. But what impressed me most was how well Spurs played as a team throughout. They seem to have really learned from the poor performance in Europe last season. Tom Hurles

First leg: Tuesday 13 February, Juventus Stadium
Second leg: Wednesday 7 March, Wembley

Juventus players celebrate after their win against Fiorentina.
Juventus players celebrate after their win against Fiorentina. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Basel v Manchester City

Basel
We have a strong squad and can progress but a lot of our players are not familiar with the pressures of the knockout rounds, so we need to find a winning mentality very quickly. Defender Michael Lang has been really good for us so far. It was a shame to lose Manuel Akanji to Borussia Dortmund in the transfer window. That might weaken us defensively at the worst possible time, when facing one of the best attacking teams in Europe. FC Basel Supporter

Manchester City
On paper it appears we are playing the weakest team in the last 16, but Manchester United will attest that Basel should not be underestimated. Our form is excellent and I expect to win both legs, but my worry is we’ll become a bit jaded after chasing four trophies. John Stones was imperious during the group stages, both defensively and with his goalscoring prowess from set pieces. If we have a full squad to choose from, we won’t be too far away from the final. Jon Lock

First leg: Tuesday 13 February, St Jakob-Park
Second leg: Wednesday 7 March, Etihad Stadium

Michael Lang celebrates after scoring for Basel against Manchester United in the group stage.
Michael Lang celebrates after scoring for Basel against Manchester United in the group stage. Photograph: Patrick Straub/AP

Porto v Liverpool

Porto
The first goal in the Liverpool game will be crucial. Both teams rely on high-intensity pressing and will look to score the first goal and then exploit the spaces left when the opposing team are chasing the game. I expect a win at Estádio do Dragão but the game at Anfield will be hard. Porto can defend and are technically sound so it’s not impossible for them to close the game out if necessary. Getting Alex Telles and Yacine Brahimi on the ball will be key. Danilo being out is a blow, so I’d expect Sérgio Oliveira to play, but picking a more mobile midfielder might work better against this Liverpool team. If Liverpool are slack at the back, Moussa Marega and Brahimi will cause them problems. Sergio Conceição has rarely made mistakes this season. Nostromo4

Liverpool
With less than memorable domestic cup runs and Manchester City’s all-conquering league form, the Champions League offers Liverpool one final opportunity to turn a reasonable season into a truly spectacular one. Given our relatively favourable draw, progression to the last eight appears attainable. Reaching the quarter-finals would be real progress. The attacking dynamism of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah will be all the more indispensable given Philippe Coutinho’s departure. His finesse and artistry were at times irresistible, all too irresistible for Barcelona to ignore any longer. Virgil van Djik’s presence has been a welcome addition at the back. Trent Alexander-Arnold offers competence and maturity beyond his years. Streetwise football will be a necessity if we are to see out games effectively and avoid the sort of late collapses that led to us dropping four points against Sevilla in the group stage. Frank O’Kelly

First leg: Wednesday 14 February, Estádio do Dragão
Second leg: Tuesday 6 March, Anfield

Porto coach Sérgio Conceição will be looking to mastermind victory against Liverpool.
Porto coach Sérgio Conceição will be looking to mastermind victory against Liverpool. Photograph: Manuel Araujo/EPA

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain

Real Madrid
In my heart of hearts, I hope for a resurgence and to win our third Champions League in a row. Back on this planet, I just hope we don’t get embarrassed by Paris Saint-Germain. We don’t score much and we don’t defend well consistently, and there’s a fair possibility that Neymar will have us for lunch. Though he’s also second only to Sergio Ramos in likelihood to see red. We can progress of course, if Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo remember how to play football and Neymar forgets. Gene Salorio

Paris Saint-Germain
The semi-final has been running away from us for too many years. Neymar has been really impressive, scoring in five out of six group games. Now it’s time for him to show La Liga fans what they’re missing. He’s going to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Kylian Mbappé is also impressive for his age. Otherwise, Marco Verratti is always very strong in the middle. Nicolas

First leg: Wednesday 14 February, Bernabéu
Second leg: Tuesday 6 March, Parc des Princes

Will Real Madrid be able to stop Kylian Mbappé and PSG?
Will Real Madrid be able to stop Kylian Mbappé and PSG? Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Bayern Munich v Besiktas

Bayern Munich
With Jupp Heynckes back in the saddle, Bayern can win the Champions League. The squad is probably the most balanced in Europe, with every position covered by a top-notch reserve. In the past months the team has missed Manuel Neuer, Thiago, Jérôme Boateng, David Alaba, Juan Bernat, Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben and Thomas Müller for extended periods and still been able to play well. Very few teams would still perform when missing five or six players. Under Heynckes we’ve been tactically versatile and flexible, able to switch between possession football and counter-attacking. Kingsley Coman and James Rodriguez have played extremely well and are able replacements for the ageing Ribéry and Arjen Robben. Tariq Riebl

Besiktas
I would have higher hopes had we not drawn Europe’s most in-form club. Finishing top of your group only to get Bayern seems harsh when you consider that Basel, Shakhtar and Sevilla were all available. Everybody has to perform at least twice as well as they did in the group stage. Defeating RB Leipzig home and away looks great on paper, but the group stage is long gone. Pepe, Gary Medel, Fabri and Domagoj Vida have to be on red alert at the back and, now that our top scorer Cenk Tosun has departed for Goodison Park, Álvaro Negredo needs to wake up before it’s too late. If we go past Bayern, which is extremely unlikely, anything can happen. But I think the round-of-16 will be our final destination this season. Billur Tanriverdi Taskan

First leg: Tuesday 20 February, Allianz Arena
Second leg: Wednesday 14 March, Vodafone Arena

James Rodriguez in action for Bayern Munich
James Rodríguez in action for Bayern Munich. Photograph: Pixathlon/Rex/Shutterstock

Chelsea v Barcelona

Chelsea
I hope we give Barcelona a fight, but Chelsea just don’t seem to know how to do the basics at the moment. Antonio Conte arguing with the club about statements of support is focusing in the wrong place while the team is losing 3-0 to Bournemouth and 4-1 to Watford, I’m afraid. Having Andreas Christensen and Álvaro Morata back may help stabilise the ship and cheer up Conte. If they all perform close to their maximum ability, they might have a chance. Mathias Kamban Larsen

Barcelona
After consecutive quarter-final defeats, we’re looking good for at least the semi-finals this year. Marc-André ter Stegen has been impressive this season; Luis Suárez has regained his form; and then there’s Lionel Messi. Anything can happen while he’s on the pitch. His link up with Jordi Alba has been at it’s finest. The second halves of our games this season have been fantastic. Ernesto Valverde’s team talks must be great, as a vast majority of our goals having been scored then. With Philippe Coutinho being restricted to league games, Andres Iniesta should be raring to go against Chelsea. French centre-back Samuel Umtiti and the ever reliable Sergio Busquets also deserve praise. Inderjit

First leg: Tuesday 20 February, Stamford Bridge
Second leg: Wednesday 14 March, Camp Nou

Barcelona’s German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has been impressive at the back so far
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has been impressive so far. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Sevilla v Manchester United

Sacking our head coach, Eduardo Berizzo, just a week after he returned from prostate cancer surgery was shameful. Yes, we’d had a poor run, but it was so unnecessary. Berizzo was the catalyst for the great second half comeback against Liverpool, a 3-3 draw that will live long in my memory. The 5-1 humiliation in Russia against Spartak Moscow was less memorable. The 1-1 draw against Maribor in the last group fixture was also uninspiring. There will have to be major improvements if we are to derail Manchester United. Real Madrid, Real Betis and Eibar have all hit five goals against us in league fixtures since December. Defensively we are very unreliable but going forward we can still cause problems. Sadly, I think we will be knocked out on away goals. Lois Treviso

Manchester United
While United should be expected to beat Sevilla in a fairly straightforward manner, it will take every player being at the top of their games to progress further in the competition. Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku are world-class talents, but they are very rarely form together against top opponents. I can’t see us going past the quarter-finals. Lukaku was solid in the group matches and Marcus Rashford and Martial were quality, but other than that there have been no real standouts thus far. Everyone has pretty much done their jobs, except for that disappointing loss to Basel. Henry Chignell

First leg: Wednesday 21 February, Sánchez Pizjuán
Second leg: Tuesday 13 March, Old Trafford

Sevilla and Joaquin Correa will have to be at their best to defeat Manchester United
Sevilla and Joaquin Correa will have to be at their best to defeat Manchester United Photograph: Julio Munoz/EPA

Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma

Shakhtar Donetsk
We were happy to get through the group stage with minimum alarm. Beating both Manchester City and Napoli at home secured second spot. To finish six points above Serie A title contenders is fantastic. Napoli will be one of the favourites for the Europa League. Shakhtar will be unfancied again against Roma. Something to cling on to in the home leg would be nice, but our defence will need to prepare for a difficult 90 minutes in the Stadio Olimpico. I think we’ll fall short but it has been a decent campaign already. Denys Litskyi

Roma
Roma have performed above expectations so far, finishing first in the group of death with Atlético Madrid and Chelsea, and we have been given a relatively easy draw against Shakhtar. We can get past them but probably no further. Edin Džeko’s revival will be pivotal. He was phenomenal in the group stages, with the highlight being his volley against Chelsea. However, his league form has been questionable of late. Credit also belongs to defensive rocks Alisson and Kostas Manolas. Seung Gi Kim

First leg: Wednesday 21 February, OSK Metalist Stadium
Second leg: Tuesday 13 March, Stadio Olimpico

Do Shakhtar Donetsk have another surprise in store for the knockout stages?
Do Shakhtar Donetsk have another surprise in store for the knockout stages? Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters