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Champions League Team of the Week - Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski

Sports Mole selects its Champions League team of the week for the last 16 second legs, including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski.

The Champions League returned this week with the outstanding second legs of the last 16 taking place around Europe before the competition relocates to Portugal.

The headline fixture saw Manchester City beat Real Madrid to advance to the quarter-finals, matching their 2-1 victory from the first leg to build a 4-2 aggregate win.

Barcelona joined them in the quarters with a 3-1 win over Napoli, while Lyon knocked out Juventus on away goals despite losing the second leg.

Bayern Munich also safely negotiated their way through with another win over Chelsea to wrap up a resounding 7-1 aggregate victory.

Here, Sports Mole selects its team of the week for the second leg.



CL TOTW

There were no clean sheets during the four games this week, meaning that there is not much competition for the gloves and Marc-Andre ter Stegen gets the nod by virtue of his two saves against Napoli.

The German is joined by two clubmates in defence, with Nelson Semedo and Clement Lenglet making the cut, the latter by virtue of his goal to open the scoring.

While Raphael Varane had a nightmare against Man City, Eder Militao was a much more steady presence beside him and, despite Real Madrid crashing out, he impressed enough to make this week's XI.

Alex Sandro was also part of a team which suffered elimination, but his role in Juventus' win on the night is enough to earn him the spot at left-back.

Houssem Aouar showcased why he is so coveted despite Lyon's defeat on the night, and he is bound to be pivotal if the French outfit are to go any further in the competition.

The disproportionate number of impressive attacking performances this week means that we have a slightly unbalanced team with no holding midfielder, but we could not leave Kevin De Bruyne out of the side after he pulled the strings against Madrid.

Pep Guardiola sprung something of a surprise by playing Gabriel Jesus on the left from the start in that game, and it paid quick dividends as he caught Varane in possession to set up the opening goal before getting his own name on the scoresheet to fire City into the quarters.

It is a star-studded forward line, with the three of the top four scorers in Champions League history making up the team.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way in that respect and, while his brace against Lyon was not enough to send Juventus into the next round, it is comfortably enough to earn him a place in this team.

Ronaldo's perennial rival Lionel Messi was also decisive to help Barcelona fairly comfortably through at the expense of Napoli, while Robert Lewandowski continued his incredible form this season with another attacking masterclass, scoring twice and assisting two more in Bayern's 4-1 win over Chelsea.

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