Champions League Round of 16 Draw confirmed

Current holders Liverpool are pitted against a relatively weakened Atletico Madrid side when compared with last year but can still provide a formidable game.

Announced from the Swiss city of Nyon, UEFA, Europe’s football governing body, released the Champions League Round of 16 draws. Many are considering it to be the most evenly matched draw in a really long time with every match having a possibility of going crazy. Current champions Liverpool were drawn against a struggling Atletico Madrid who looks much weakened this season with a major chunk of their veteran players taking a leave. Europe’s most successful team, Real Madrid were drawn against the English Premier League champions Manchester City FC in the first knock-out round. German side Borussia Dortmund were pitted against French champion team Paris Saint-Germain.

Last year was not the year for Zinedine Zidane’s side as they exited in the last 16 stage to a spirited Ajax who could not make the cut this time. Zidane will face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City who is yet to win the coveted trophy in their club’s history. Italian side Atlanta, who entered the knockout stage for the first time in their history, will go up against Spain’s Valencia who topped Group H after beating Ajax in their last group encounter.

English side Chelsea who have exceeded expectations under new manager Frank Lampard will face Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the last 16. Serie A champions Juventus got a rather easy draw as they were pitted against French side Olympique Lyon who finished runners-up in Group G. Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur also got a favourable draw as they were drawn against young German side RB Leipzig who finished on the top of Group G.

Spanish champions Barcelona will take on Italian side Napoli in the Round of 16 who recently sacked their manager Carlo Ancelotti. The first leg of the last 16 will be played across four days, with eight sides playing on 18 and 19, while the rest of the teams taking field on 25 and 26 February 2020. The decisive second leg will be taking place in March 2020. The dates on which the games will be played are March 10 and 11, followed by March 17 and 18.

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