The Round of 16 stages of the UEFA Champions League were concluded midweek. In this piece, Izuchukwu Okosi picks the eleven players that stood out from Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Edourd Mendy (Chelsea)
The Chelsea first choice keeper was magnificent as the Blues kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid.
Substitute Emerson Palmeras scored from his first touch of the ball and was defensively astute as Chelsea defeated favourites Atletico Madrid 2-0 (3-0 on aggregate) to reach the last 8 of the tournament.
Kourt Zouma (Chelsea)
Chelsea's defence since the appointment of manager Thomas Tuchel has been rock solid and Zouma all night against Atletico.
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Captain fantastic Sergio Ramos led from the back as Real defeated Atalanta to progress to the quarterfinals of the competition in a 3-1 win.
Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Joshua Kimmich had 80 touches of the ball, made one interception and committed one foul. He was an absolute joy to watch in defensive midfield as Bayern Munich eased to the quarterfinals of the competition with a 2-0 win over Lazio. Powerful.
Ilkay Gundogan (Man City)
The Germany international of Turkish descent scored a brilliant individual goal as Man City glided past Borrusia Monchengladbach.
The goal scoring form of the midfielder shows that he is a contender for the player of the year at least in the English Premier League - and certainly at his club. Elegant.
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Midfield maestro Luka Modric was instrumental in Real Madrid ensuring that they reach the last 8 of the competition. He assisted the goal scored by Karim Benzema in the 2-0 win over Atalanta. The most successful team in the competition Madrid advanced 4-1 on aggregate. Majestic.
Kelvin De Bruyne (Man City)
Kevin De Bryune continues to produce stellar performances for Manchester City as they romped to a 2-0 win German side Borussia Monchengladbach. The Belgian hammered home a piledrive from 25 yards that saw the ball nestle at the top left corner which was the first of the night. Class.
Chelsea reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League much to the shock of most critics. The hero of the first leg 1-0 win was Olivier Giroud but Wednesday night belonged to Morocco superstar Hakim Ziyech who scored one of the Blues' goals in the 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid (3-0 on aggregate).
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema is already an icon at the club and he was again at hand to start his club's march to the quarterfinals of the competition with the first goa lf the night, profiting from a Luka Modric assist to glide home from the edge of the box.
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Scoring from penalties is an art and the Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski scored from 12 yards as the Bavarians edged past Lazio to book a place in Friday's draw for the quarterfinals stage.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a seasoned sports and entertainment content creator. He is also a copywriter and voice over artiste. Follow him on his Opera News Hub account, Izuchukwusports.
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