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The stage is set for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 encounters, determined by the draw on December 18th.

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Europe's elite clubs will engage in eight matches, each consisting of a home leg and an away leg. The 2024 Finals will feature in London’s Wimbley stadium, like the 2011 and 2013 editions.
Each team in the competition has put in an updated list of participants for the knockout phase just after the January transfer window. It's an opportunity for the clubs to adjust their European squad and prepare for the challenge ahead.
We’d explore changes made by each team that qualified for the UCL Round of 16. By delving into these changes and each team’s recent performances, we can gain critical insights about their offensive and defensive form and which team would likely emerge victorious in each encounter.
Arsenal has been brilliant this season but still struggled with consistency. The North London club has won three of their last five matches and sit third in the English Premier League, two points behind leaders Liverpool. Arsenal became the first English team to lead by five goals at half-time in a Champions League match when they played Lens on Matchday 5.
The return of key players like Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Jurrien Timber, Thomas Partey, and Takehiro Tomiyasu from injury will boost Micheal Arteta’s squad as they face a more serious challenge in the knockout stages. Fabio Vieira and Oleksandr Zinchenko are still out.
In the new changes to their UCL squad, Jurriën Timber gets listed on the team. Miguel Azeez, Lino Sousa, Khayon Edwards, Bradley Ibrahim, Zane Monlouis, and Charles Sagoe Jr are out of the list.
Manchester City have five wins from their last five matches. They are the current defending champions of the Champions League and dominated Group G with six wins in six games.
Since Kelvin De Bruyne returned, Pep Gladiola’s team has had no notable injuries. City would be looking to make a third final in four years.
Erlin Haaland became the youngest player to reach 40 Champions League goals at 23 years and 130 days and did so in the lowest number of matches (35) of any player in the competition's history. City’s strikers, Haaland and Julian Alvarez are top contenders for this season's UCL Golden Boot award.
There are no new inclusions to the UCL squad. Kalvin Phillips is out of the UCL squad.
Real Madrid are top of La Liga and has three wins in their last five matches. In the Champions League, they topped Group C with a perfect record and qualified for the knockouts for a record 27th season. They scored 16 times and conceded 7.
As the most successful team in the tournament, expectations are high for the Los Blancos. Carlo Ancelotti will be without crucial players in the first Knockout tie, including David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois seriously injured. There are no new changes in Real Madrid’s UCL team.
Real Sociedad listed Jon Mikel Aramburu, Sheraldo Becker, and Javier Galán to their UCL Knockout squad and delisted Gaizka Ayesa, Mohamed-Ali Cho, and Aihen Muñoz.
They have been unbeaten in their last six matches. In the Champions League, Real Sociedad topped Group D with 12 points. It is their first appearance in the competition for over ten years, and they marked it with their unbeaten run in the Group Stages.
Barcelona have won three of their last outings and lost twice in five. They sit in third place in La Liga.
They won the top spot in Group H with 12 points. They also became the third club (after Real Madrid and Bayern) to win 200 matches in the European Cup.
Barca has a long injury list, which includes first-team players like Alejandro Balde, Ferran Torres, Gavi, Joao Felix, Andre Ter Stegen, Marcos Alonso, Raphinha, and Sergi Roberto.
Unai Hernández, Vitor Roque, and Pau Víctor are additions to their UCL squad.
Atlético Madrid lost one match in their last six outings. Following a disappointing European campaign last season, Simeone’s men came into this one to top Group E undefeated and are heading into the Round of 16 in high spirits.
Gabriel Paulista, Horațiu Moldovan, and Arthur Vermeeren are on the new UCL squad list. However, Çağlar Söyüncü, Javier Galán, and Ivo Grbić are out.
Bayern Munich still dominates the Bundesliga, although in second place with two points behind leaders Bayern Leverkusen. Bayern has won all but one of their last five matches. They topped Group A undefeated.
Their high-intensity pressing and attacking have overwhelmed opponents. Bayern has a long list of injured players going into the knockout stages of the UCL (Tarek Buchmann, Bouna Sarr, Denial Peretz, Dayot Upacecano, Jossua Kimmish, KimMin Jae, Kingsley Coman, Konrad Laimer, and Serge Gnabry).
Sacha Boey, Eric Dier, Bryan Zaragoza, Luca Denk, and Leon Markert are out of the UCL squad list.
RB Leipzig has won two of their last five matches in the Bundesliga. They sit sixth with 36 points from 20 matches. In the Champions League, RB Leipzig finished second in Group G.
There are a lot of changes to their Squad in the knockout stage. El Chadaille Bitshiabu, Eljif Elmas and Leopold Zingerle are listed in. Emil Forsberg, Lennart Johanns, Tino Kaufmann, Fabio Carvalho and Timo Werner Out.
Borussia Dortmund">Borussia Dortmund has been impressive this season. They haven’t lost in their last five matches. Dortmund topped Group F with 11 points. They have been inconsistent in the Bundesliga and struggle in 4th place.
Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Ian Maatsen, and Jadon Sancho make the UCL squad. Hendry Blank and Giovanni Reyna are out.
PSV Eindhoven added Richard Ledezma, Jaden De Guzman, and Conrad Egan-Riley to their UCL list. Dantaye Gilbert, Fredrik Oppegård, Jason van Duiven, and Yorbe Vertessen are out of the list.
PSV finished second in Group B and topped the Dutch League. Their ability to dominate possession and create scoring opportunities has been crucial to their recent success.
Inter Milan is one of three Italian teams to have progressed to the Knockout stages of the UCL. Inter leads the charge at the top of the Serial A table while remaining undefeated in the UCL Group D.
They replaced Juan Cuadrado with Tajon Buchanan on their UCL Squad list.
Napoli have won just three of their previous five outings. They finished second in Group C with 10 points. Walter Mazzari’s team would push through Alex Meret and Mathias Olivera, both Injured. Hitman Victor Osimhen is still on International duty. The striker will represent Nigeria at the AFCON finals on Sunday.
Pasquale Mazzocchi, Cyril Ngonge, and Hamed Traorè have is listed in the squad. Eljif Elmas, Gianluca Gaetano, Alessandro Zanoli, Alessio Zerbin, and Piotr Zieliński are out.
Lazio removed Andrea Petta from their list and added no new player. Their solid defensive performances have kept them in the Champions League. They struggle at 9th place in the Seria A without a win in their last three matches.
Copenhagen added Magnus Mattsson, Scott McKenna, and Rúnar Rúnarsson to their UCL squad list. Andreas Dithmer, Victor Froholdt, Valdemar Lund Jensen, Thomas Jørgensen, and Mateo Tanlongo exited the list.
Copenhagen won three of their last five matches. They finished second in Group A, ahead of Galatasaray and Manchester United.
PSG is the only French team in the Knockout stages. They remain undefeated in 15 matches and are top of League 1. They finished 2nd in Group F with 8 points.
Despite dominating the domestic league, Paris Saint-Germain is unsuccessful in the UEFA Champions League. They continue to strive for the ultimate prize this year, with Kylian Mbappe leading their frontline.
They’ve only included Lucas Beraldo in their UCL squad.
Porto has won four of their five previous games. They finished second with 12 points in Group H. They are clinical in attacks and have a strong backline.
Porto listed Zé Pedro and Otávio, replacing them with David Carmo and Fran Navarro.
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