Turkish footballer Hamit Altintop, during the draw for the Champions League together with the Undersecretary General of UEFA, Giorgio Marchetti, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon.
Real Madrid will be measured against Liverpool, again. Bayern Münich will face each other. against Paris Saint-Germain, again.
The round of 16 of the Champions League will repeat two recent finals of Europe's top club competition after the draw made on Monday .
Madrid won He defeated Liverpool in both the 2018 and 2022 finals to extend his record crop of titles in the tournament to 14. The two giants will face each other again in February. They beat PSG in the 2020 final to become European champions for the sixth time. another crossing of bluebells.
Barcelona will collide with Manchester United, the team he beat in the Champions League finals in 2009 and 2011, in the playoffs of the second most important tournament on the continent, which will be in February.
For Madrid, having to overcome another tough journey is nothing new. The Spanish club amazed. in the past by taming PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool to hoist the trophy.
“It is going to be an electric tie, fascinating for the fans and we are going to live it with all the illusion”, said Emilio Butragueño, the director of institutional relations for Madrid. “We are the champion team and we are going to try to defend that condition, aware of the rival we are going to face.”
For the second consecutive season, PSG will also have a title. to face a rival of enormous draft at this stage. The French champion's quest for his first European title floundered. in March because of Karim Benzema's last hat-trick for Madrid.
The PSG was They were exposed to a more difficult match after being relegated to second place in their group, behind Benfica, after the Portuguese club scored. a crucial stoppage goal to beat Maccabi Haifa 6-1 away last week.
Luis Campos, sports director of PSG, subtracted importance to which the club paid expensive for the results of the last date of the group stage. After winning 2-1 at Juventus, the PSG players admitted that they were not sure that the first place in their key was in danger due to Benfica's flurry of goals in the final stretch of the match Israel.
“Its a game that really motivates us,” Campos said of facing Bayern. “It is a great opportunity to get even, many players were in the (2020) final against Bayern”.
Lionel Messi is one of the current PSG players who was not in the final two years ago. So with Barcelona, the Argentine star suffered. The 8-2 win that the German team gave the azulgranas in the only match of the quarterfinals, the last time they faced to the Bundesliga champions.
Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann lamented the loss. that the full number of victories of his team in the group stage & ldquo; had no reward & rdquo;
“And I think it's the same for PSG, first place in the group slipped away from them. on the last date, like this I don't think they're super happy to play us”, said Nagelsmann.
Benfica, on the other hand, was rewarded with a duel against Belgian club Bruges.
The Milan, the qualifier with the weakest results in the group stage, will receive a they took on Tottenham in the first leg on their return to the knockout rounds of the Champions League after a nine-year gap.
Manchester City will be measured with Leipzig and Chelsea will face each other. Borussia Dortmund in Premier League matches against the Bundesliga.
Napoli, leader of Serie A and the team that scored the most goals in the season in the group stage, they will play against Eintracht Frankfurt, and Inter will receive Porto in the first leg match.
Clubs from the same country or that already met in the group stage could not hold series against each other. in the round of 16.
The first legs will be played between February 14 and 22. The second leg will be between March 7 and 15.
The unusually long wait of more than three months between the group stage and the knockout stages is due to the Qatar World Cup will be played in November and December.
The busy season caused that the six-round group stage will begin. earlier than usual in September and completed in just nine weeks.