The much-anticipated draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 is happening today as teams were eagerly awaiting to find out their opponents for the knockout round.
Defending champions Real Madrid finished second in their group after playing out a 2-2 draw against group winners Borussia Dortmund on the final matchday and can now face Arsenal, Napoli, Monaco, Leicester City, Juventus.
Meanwhile, out of the four teams from the Premier League that played in the group stage, three teams-Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester City secured their passages to the next round. While Arsenal and Leicester won their groups, Manchester City finished second in their group.
Here are the fixtures you all were waiting for…
- Manchester City v Monaco
- Real Madrid v Napoli
- Benfica v Borussia Dortmund
- Bayern Munich v Arsenal
- Porto v Juventus
- Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid
- PSG v Barcelona
- Sevilla v Leicester
The first legs of the round will take place on February 14/15 and 21/22, 201, while the return legs will happen on March 7/8 and 14/15
So let us see who rock the knockout round that begins in February. Here we go as Giorgio Marchetti runs us through the rules of the draw. Former Netherlands international Ruud Gullit is today’s special Uefa guest.
The rules of the draw were same as usual:
- Group winners go into one pot and runners-up into another.
- In the round of 16, teams can’t be drawn with other teams from their own country.
- Group winners will play away from home in the first leg and at home in the second.
the permutations of who can face whom in the Round of 16 was extremely tricky:
Bayern Munich can face: Arsenal, Napoli, Barcelona, Monaco,
Leicester City, Juventus.