Mouth watering games between European football heavyweights headlines the draw for the Round of 16 stages of the UEFA Champions League stages held on Monday, November 7 in Nyon reports Prime Business Africa.
The round of 16 features 16 teams that advanced from the group stage.
PSG and Liverpool who both finished as runners-up in their groups was always going to cause some problems and both sides have big tasks ahead of them to reach the quarterfinals.
Lionel Messi and co. will have to overcome Bayern Munich, while Liverpool go up against the Champions League’s most successful team with 14 titles in Real Madrid.
An AC Milan vs. Tottenham tie will also see Antonio Conte face the Italian club he led to a league title, while Chelsea will be up against Borussia Dortmund over two legs.
The round of 16 ties will be played on February 14, 15, 21 and 22, and the return legs on March 7, 8, 14 and 15. As in the group stage, teams from the same country cannot play each other.
Below are all the details on the November 7 draw, the seeds, other details on the Round of 16, and rules for the rest of the knockouts.
Champions League Round of 16 draw results
Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig
Benfica vs. Club Brugge
Real Madrid vs. Liverpool
Tottenham vs. AC Milan
Napoli vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Chelsea vs. Borussia Dortmund
Porto vs. Inter Milan
Bayern Munich vs. PSG
*Team in bold show group winners – the group winners will play the second leg at home.
The two pots featured the seeded group winners and the unseeded group runners-up.
Teams from the first column were drawn against a team from the second with the exception that teams from the same group or country could not be drawn to face each other.
Group 1st Place
(Group Winners) 2nd Place
A Napoli Liverpool
B Porto Club Brugge
C Bayern Munich Inter Milan
D Tottenham Eintracht Frankfurt
E Chelsea AC Milan
F Real Madrid RB Leipzig
G Man City Borussia Dortmund
H Benfica PSG
European governing body UEFA spreads out the Round of 16 matchups over the course of a full month.
UEFA will slot each Round of 16 matchup drawn into one of four available dates, allowing for three weeks between the first and second leg of each series.
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