Yesterday (Mon) the draw for the knock out stages of the Champions League and Europa League Cup were held with a record 5 British team still involved in Europe’s biggest club competition.
With the Premier League accounting for 5 of the final 16 teams in the Champions league draw, made up of Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool who all topped their qualifying groups, which meant they would face any team who finished 2nd in another respective group except Chelsea as they are from the same country. This in no way meant it would be plain sailing into the final 8 as they all had the possibility of a hard draw as both of last year’s finalists Real Madrid and Juventus were in the second pot.
As the draw took place current Premier League Leaders were paired against Basel from Switzerland, while neighbours Manchester United were handed La Liga side Sevilla, who clawed their way back from 3-0 down to Liverpool to earn a 3-3 draw at Anfield, that gave themselves the point that saw them qualify.
Tottenham’s reward for topping their group that contained the reigning holder Real Madrid was a trip to last year’s runners up and Italian champions Juventus, while Liverpool will be travelling to Portugal in February as they take on Porto. Chelsea who through the limitations of the draw already hand been dealt a bad hand will play current favorites Barcelona, while the possible tie of the round will see Real Madrid take on French big spenders Paris St Germain.
Champions League last-16 draw
Juventus v Tottenham (13 February and 7 March)
Basel v Manchester City (13 February and 7 March)
Porto v Liverpool (14 February and 6 March)
Sevilla v Manchester United (21 February and 13 March)
Real Madrid v PSG (14 February and 6 March)
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma (21 February and 13 March)
Chelsea v Barcelona (20 February and 14 March)
Bayern Munich v Besiktas (20 February and 14 March)