The Champions league round of 16 draw that took place in Nyon, Switzerland at exactly 12 pm saw the title-holders Fc Baryern Munich paired with SS Lazio from Italy. Other notable ties in the First knockout round include Manchester city against underdogs Monchengladback, Porto paired with Juventus, Chelsea versus Atletico Madrid and Barcelona lock horns with French heavyweights Paris Saint German (PSG).
Liverpool will take on Rb Leipzig in the last 16 of the champions league while Sevilla will be meeting with Dortmund and Real Madrid clash with Atlanta complete the fixtures list for the first knockout round.
The Standout contest at this stage of elite European competition will see Lionel Messi side, Fc Barcelona lock horns with PSG. Ronald Koeman,s could only muster a runner up finish in their group, meaning that there was a posisibility of them being paired with a continental heavyweight.
Last season’s finalists will be their next opponents with that two legged tie set to pitch six time ballon d’or winner Messi against his former teammate Neymar, that is if the Brazilian shakes off his latest injury setback in time.
Finally, Bayern Munich will be reluctant to relinquish their grip on a trophy that formed part of a treble triumph for them last season, with Lazio who have reached the knockout stages for the first time in two decades next to block their path.
Champions League last 16 draw in full;
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Manchester City
Lazio vs. Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea
RB Leipzig vs. Liverpool
Porto vs. Juventus
Barcelona vs. PSG
Sevilla vs. Borussia Dortmund
Atlanta vs. Real Madrid
The first legs of the last 16 ties will be played on 16, 17, 23 and 24 February 2021 while the second leg ties will take place on 9, 10, 16, 17 March 2021
Will your favourite club emerge as the next champion?
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