Champions League set for an electric « ROUND 16 »
The draw for the first Champions League knockout round will take place on Monday at midday in Nyon, with a large number of Europe’s world class anticipating their destiny.
There are only two conditions that determine the draw: no team can play a side they shared a group with, or any side from a similar nation.
In one pot will be the group winners (Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus and Real Madrid), while the sprinters up (Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, Liverpool, Schalke, Ajax, Lyon, Roma and Manchester United) will be in another.
As was true of last season, the Last 16 will be played crosswise over four dates: February 12/13; February 19/20; March 5/6; and March 12/13.
Real Madrid will be particularly watchful for the names of Manchester United and Liverpool, with both Premier League clubs completing second in their individual groups.
Both English sides likewise represent a risk for Barcelona, who bested their gathering and also Madrid, while the Catalans will also be wary of being reunited with Roma after their collapse at the Stadio Olimpico last season.
Atletico Madrid will be hoping to meet Porto and, simultaneously, will be frantic to maintain a strategic distance from Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester City.