23 December 2013 17:30 | By Thomas Oakey & xinmsn Sports, Ed Sol
6 players to watch in the Champions League knockout stages

Ahead of the 2013-14 Champions League round of 16, we take a look at the players set to have a major impact



Neymar; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Gareth Bale (© Getty Images - Rex Features)
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After a very exciting group stage, the Champions League is into the knockouts. As the road to success becomes more challenging, the quality of players on show goes up.

Talents from different continents will feature for the 16 remaining European clubs as sides battle it out to reach the final on May 24, 2014 at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal.

But just who should fans watch out for? Here are 6 of the most important and exciting players on show in Europe’s premier competition this season. Click or swipe through the images to discover who we’ve selected.

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