Barcelona Vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 2012 UEFA Champions League Draw: Well That's Unfortunate For The Werkself

Sorry, Bayer Leverkusen. Looks like you guys drew the short end of the stick! You really should have beaten the crud out of Genk in that last Champions League game. Now, Bayer must face Barcelona, who will be very heavily favored to defeat them in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

Barcelona Vs. Bayer Leverkusen

Key player

Andres Inesta - Okay, so Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, but that's too easy. Messi and Xavi have been Ballon d'Or finalists for the last few years and are generally regarded as the best attacking players in the world not named Ronaldo, but Iniesta has arrived at their level of class in the past 18 months. He's been Barcelona's best player not named Messi this season and he was spectacular in El Clasico.

Matchup to watch

Sidney Sam vs. Whatever Barcelona has on the right - Daniel Alves is Barcelona's "right back", and when he plays as the right back in a 4-3-3, there is usually space behind him to exploit. Barcelona did a good job of accounting for this problem in the second half of El Clasico, but that's not always the case. Barca shouldn't be in any serious trouble in this tie, but if they are, it will be because Sidney Sam is wreaking havoc down the left.

Prediction

Barcelona go through by two or more goals - Come on, this team is just too good to go out to Bayer.

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