Another weekday afternoon, another set of UEFA Champions League round-of-16 first legs to be played on Wednesday, as Arsenal host French side Monaco and reigning Spanish champions and Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid visit German side Bayer Leverkusen.
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Arsenal, who have been knocked out in the round of 16 in each of the previous four seasons, packed Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud into the starting lineup. Arsene Wenger’s team:
Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Cazorla, Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck, Giroud
Meanwhile, Dimitar Berbatov starts and makes his return to England following spells with Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Fulham. Leonardo Jardim’s team:
Monaco: Subasic, Elderson, Wallace, Abdennour, Toure, Fabinho, Moutinho, Kondogbia, Dirar, Martial, Berbatov
Roger Schmidt’s team see four changes from the weekend:
Bayer Leverkusen: Leno, Hilbert, Spahic, Papadopoulos, Wendell, Bender, Castro, Calhanoglu, Son, Bellarabi, Drmic
Diego Simeone has elected to start the game with Fernando Torres on the bench, and Antoine Griezmann, Mario Madzukic and Saul Niguez in the starting lineup. Simeone’s team:
Atletico Madrid: Moya, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Siqueira, Gabi, Tiago, Niguez, Turan, Griezmann, Mandzukic
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