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Champions League last-16 draw: Europe’s elite discover their fates

Champions League last-16 draw: Europe's elite discover their fates
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The draw for the 2020/21 Champions League knockout stages takes place on Monday, with some mouth-watering ties lying in wait already.

Clubs will finally discover their fates on Monday afternoon at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, for the last-16 stage in the Champions League.

Germany and Spain are the most represented nations in the draw, as each of their four competing clubs qualified. Three English and Italian teams also progressed to the knockouts, along with one French and Portuguese side.

The 16 clubs in the draw

UEFA divides clubs into two separate pots for the draw – one for seeded group winners and the other for unseeded runners-up.

The seeded teams (group winners) play the second-leg of their last-16 ties at home.

Group winners (seeded)Runners-up (unseeded)
Bayern MunichAtletico Madrid
Real MadridBorussia Monchengladbach
Manchester CityPorto
LiverpoolAtalanta
ChelseaSevilla
Borussia DortmundLazio
JuventusBarcelona
Paris Saint-GermainRB Leipzig

The Round of 16 tie results

Below are the results from the last-16 draw that will take place in Nylon on Monday.

Borussia MonchengladbachvsManchester City
LaziovsBayern Munich
Atletico MadridvsChelsea
RB LeipzigvsLiverpool
FC PortovsJuventus
FC BarcelonavsPSG
SevillavsBorussia Dortmund
Atalanta vsReal Madrid

Nobody will be taking their ties for granted in this one.

Probably the most eye-catching tie of them all is Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. The last time they met in the last-16 was in 2017, where Lionel Messi and co pulled off the famous La Remontada (‘The Comeback’) by recovering from a 4-0 first-leg defeat to win the return fixture 6-1 at Camp Nou.

The prospect of former Barcelona star Neymar and Kylian Mbappe squaring off against Messi will be a sight to savor.

For a quick recap of that famous match, visit this link here.

Chelsea have probably got the trickiest tie of the three English teams in Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side have been excellent form this season, with Luis Suarez and Joao Felix proving to be a deadly strike duo.

Borussia Monchengladbach, meanwhile, will welcome Manchester City in Germany. On paper, Pep Guardiola’s men are favorites. But let’s not forget, Gladbach have already proved their mettle against Real Madrid and Inter Milan – who failed to qualify for the last-16.

Bayern’s trip to Lazio should also prove an interesting affair, while Cristiano Ronaldo heads back to Portugal to face FC Porto.

Champions League knockout stage dates

Round of 16 (February 16 to March 17)

First legs: February 16 & 17 – February 23 & 24.

Second legs: March 9 & 10 – March 16 & 17

Quarter-finals (April 6 to April 14)

First legs: April 6 & 7

Second legs: April 13 & 14

Semi-finals (April 27 to May 5)

First legs: April 27 & 28

Second legs: May 4 & 5

Final (May 29)

Saturday 29 May

For the latest news and scores of this competition, visit the Champions League page on Ace Football here.

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