Sport News

Champions League draw: Man City to face Real Madrid in last sixteen

Premier League Champions Manchester City will face 13-time time winners Real Madrid in the last sixteen of the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola will need to plot the downfall of Los Merengues once more but Real will be as eager as the former Barcelona manager to go all the way this season.

The Champions League last sixteen draw was conducted in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, the first fixture drawn was the blockbuster tie between Madrid and City.

City went unbeaten in their group with draws against Atalanta away and Shakhtar Donetsk at home the only blemishes on their record.

Madrid were less impressive in finishing second in a what was a tough group topped by French super club PSG.

Atalanta of the Serie A drew Valencia of La Liga in the next fixture drawn out of the pots. Atalanta surprised a few in pipping Shakhtar to second place in their group.

Liverpool face Atletico in Champions League last 16

Defending Champions Liverpool drew Atletico Madrid which will see them return to the scene of their sixth UCL title win for the away leg of their tie.

Liverpool needed to beat Red Bull Salzburg to seal top spot in their group after an at-times dozey display from Jurgen Klopp’s men. The Reds have been entertaining in Europe but will need to find some stell to overcome Atletico.

“The task is going to be difficult because we have an opponent that are the reigning champions,” said Atletico director Clemente Villaverde.

“They are the champions, they have all the assets to be called the best team in Europe. We will have to use all our hard work and our experience. We know they are not going to make it easy.”

a2a73271 jurgen klopp - Champions League draw: Man City to face Real Madrid in last sixteen
Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates with the Champions League Trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Chelsea face German giants Bayern Munich in a rematch of the 2012 final when the Blues claimed their first Champions League title.

Paris Saint-Germain will be trying to avoid a fourth successive last-16 exit when they take on Borussia Dortmund.

Barcelona will play Napoli for the first time as the Catalan giants, five-time Champions League winners, attempt to move on from last season’s painful semi-loss to Liverpool.

Italian champions Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo will fancy their chances of overcoming French side Lyon, who lost captain Memphis Depay to a season-ending injury Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur, beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in last season’s final in Spain, will lock horns with Bundesliga leaders Red Bull Leipzig, who are through to the knockout stage for the first time. Spurs can count on the experience of new coach Jose Mourinho — a two-time winner of the Champions League, with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

Champions League last sixteen first round matches take place in February 2020.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *