Once again the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League has delivered some tantalising ties. We have to wait until February before the knockout stages begin, but there is so much to look forward to in the form of some classic match-ups between European greats.
With games being played on eight different match days, there will be some buzzing nights for pubs and clubs to look forward to with all the action live on BT Sport.
From a domestic perspective it’s very much Premier League v Bundesliga with three English teams drawing German opposition. Meanwhile, Manchester United have the unenviable task of taking on Neymar, Mbappe and co.
And there are some huge ties throughout the draw, such as four-times winner Ajax coming up against the holders and 13 times winners Real Madrid, and Ronaldo returning to Madrid with Juventus to face Atletico.
Here’s what’s in store.
Schalke v Manchester City
There’s no such thing as an easy draw at this stage of the competition but Man City will not have been unhappy to have been drawn against Schalke. At the time of the draw Schalke were closer to the relegation zone than the top of the Bundesliga. City meanwhile have been in imperious form in the league and in Europe. It would be a huge shock if the Germans were to knock City out of a tournament that the bookmakers have made them favourites to win.
Matches to be played on February 20 and March 12
Manchester United v PSG
These sides have never faced each other, but the big-spending Parisians will be favourites to progress. While their star-studded team have been making light work of Ligue 1 and won a Champions League pool that featured Liverpool and Napoli, United have struggled for form, consistency and Premier League points. That said, anything can happen in knockout football and a new man in the dugout at Old Trafford could provide some inspiration.
Matches to be played on February 12 and March 6
Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund
This is a familiar looking match-up. Spurs have recent success to look back on, with two victories against the Germans in the group stages last season. Star striker Harry Kane also has happy memories of this opposition, scoring three goals in two games against them. However, back in the 2015/16 season it was Dortmund who came out on top at the same stage of the Europa League, winning 5-1 on aggregate. And then there’s the fact that Dortmund are flying domestically, opening up a nine point lead at the top of the table. It’s a tough one to call.
Matches to be played February 13 and March 5
Liverpool v Bayern Munich
Arguably the tie of the round with two European power houses squaring up to one another. Between them they have 10 Champions League titles. Last year they both succumbed to eventual winners Real Madrid: Bayern in the semis and Liverpool in the final itself. Surprisingly they have only met on a few occasions in European competition. The last time was in 2001 when Liverpool beat the then European champions 3-2 in the Super League. It’s a massive tie that will also see Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp return to Germany.
Matches to be played February 19 and March 13
The full draw
FC Schalke v Manchester City (Feb 20, March 12)
Atletico Madrid v Juventus (Feb 20, March 12)
Manchester United v PSG (Feb 12, March 6)
Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund (Feb 13, March 5)
Lyon v Barcelona (Feb 19, March 13)
Roma v Porto (Feb 12, March 6)
Ajax v Real Madrid (Feb 13, March 5)
Liverpool v Bayern Munich (February 19, March 13)
Europa League Round of 32There’s also plenty of British interest left in the Europa League, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Celtic looking to progress. Here’s the line-up:
Bate Borisov v Arsenal (February 14, February 20)
Malmo v Chelsea (February 14, February 21)
Celtic v Valencia (February 14, February 21)
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