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Knockout European nights to look forward to

British clubs go for glory as we reach the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League

(VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

Eight British clubs entered the group stages of this season’s European competitions and seven will continue the quest for glory when the tournaments pick up again in February.

Celtic failed to progress in the Europa League while Manchester United dropped into that competition after finishing third in their UEFA Champions League group.

Every other side topped their pools, meaning they will play second legs at home and should fancy their chances of going even further.

With matches being played from mid-February to mid-March there are plenty of opportunities for pubs and clubs to bring in their football fans.

And with staggered kick offs in the Europa League, there’s a chance to go back-to-back with matches.

Here’s what’s in store for the British teams.

 

 

Champions League Round of 16

All kick offs 8pm

 

Liverpool vs RB Leipzig

Tuesday February 16 (away)

Wednesday March 10 (home)
 

As group winners, Liverpool may have been hoping for a slightly easier draw than a Round of 16 clash with last season’s semi-finalists.

Leipzig’s victory against Man Utd sent them through but Liverpool fans will remember how their old enemies tore the Germans apart 5-0 at Old Trafford.

With the second leg at Anfield, Liverpool should be confident, but many thought that last season when they played Atletico.

That game was the last played in front of a full crowd before the pandemic changed everything. How wonderful it would be to see a busy Anfield and packed pubs and clubs for this one

 

Chelsea vs Atletico

Tuesday February 23 (away)

Wednesday March 17 (home)

 

Chelsea can feel a little hard done by after being drawn against the always gnarly Atletico. It should see former Chelsea favourite Diego Costa return to Stamford Bridge.

He could be joined by strike partner Luis Suarez, who is likely to get a less favourable welcome.

The Blues will have their work cut out but they’ve shown ambition with their signings this year and will fancy their chances of getting through to the quarter finals.

 

Man City vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Wednesday February 24 (away)

Tuesday March 16 (home)

 

There’s little doubt that City got the best looking draw out of the three remaining Premier League sides in the competition.

The Germans scraped through to the last 16 on the final day, courtesy of Inter failing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk.

Judging by their celebrations they were delighted just to be through. That means they’ll go into this tie with nothing to lose, unlike City who are serial underperformers in the UCL knockouts and are also failing to hit their usual heights on the domestic front.

 

Remaining ties

Barcelona vs PSG (Feb 16, March 10)

Porto vs Juventus (Feb 17, March 9)

Sevilla vs Dortmund (Feb 17, March 9)

Lazio vs Bayern Munich (Feb 23, March 17)

Atalanta vs Real Madrid (Feb 24, March 16)

 

Europa League Round of 32

Leicester vs Slavia Prague

Thursday February 18, 5.55pm (away)

Thursday February 25, 8pm (home)

 

These two clubs meet for the first time in their histories. The Foxes have looked at home in Europe and will relish the chance of going at least a stage further.  

 

Man Utd vs Real Sociedad

Thursday February 18, 5.55pm (away)

Thursday February, 8pm (home)

 

Manchester United’s reward for dropping into the Europa League is a clash against the La Liga leaders. In fact, at the time of the draw all of the major leagues in Europe were led by sides not playing Champions League football.

 

Spurs vs Wolfsberg

Thursday February 18, 5.55pm (away)

Wednesday February 24, 5pm (home)

 

One of those leading teams was Spurs. Jose Mourinho likes to point out that he has won this competition the two times sides managed by him have been in it and you wouldn’t bet against him making it a hat-trick.

 

Rangers vs Antwerp

Thursday February 18, 8pm (away)

Thursday February 25, 5.55pm (home)

 

Although their recent 27 game unbeaten run has come to an end, Rangers remain one of Europe’s form sides. They’ll look to take that form deep into the knockout stages.

 

Arsenal vs Benfica

Thursday February 18, 8pm (away)

Thursday February 25, 5.55pm (home)

 

Two giants of European football clash in one of the glamour ties of the round. Arsenal’s form in the Europa League has been in stark contrast to their domestic troubles. Can they turn it on against a Benfica side who failed to beat Steven Gerrard's Rangers?

 

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