Liverpool face Actual Madrid in repeat of Paris last

Final season’s Champions League finalists Actual Madrid and Liverpool have been paired collectively on this season’s final 16.

The Reds completed runners-up of their group behind Napoli and can host the reigning European and La Liga champions at Anfield in February.

Actual beat the Reds 1-0 within the 2022 last in Paris in Could, a match marred by organizational chaos which led to the kick-off being delayed.

Premier League champions and 2021 Champions League finalists Manchester Metropolis have been drawn to face German aspect RB Leipzig – fourth in final season’s Bundesliga – within the final 16.

Tottenham, who sealed high spot of their group with a last-gasp winner from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg away at Marseille, have been drawn to face Italian champions AC Milan with the primary leg at San Siro.

Chelsea, winners of the competitors in 2012 and 2021, will probably be up in opposition to Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund within the spherical of 16.

The primary leg ties will probably be performed on February 14, 15, 21 and 22, with the second legs on March 7, 8, 14 and 15.

In the meantime, Manchester United had been drawn in opposition to Barcelona within the Europa League play-off spherical.

Jason Burt’s Champions League draw verdict

RB Leipzig v Manchester Metropolis

Metropolis will probably be happy with this draw. Sure, Leipzig gained 4 video games in a row to complete second behind Actual Madrid in Celtic’s group and have a bunch of thrilling younger gamers – not least Christopher Nkunku and Josko Gvardiol, each wished by Chelsea – and have additionally added extra expertise. However Metropolis ought to show far too robust. Nonetheless Leipzig are harmful and beat Metropolis within the group phases final season and likewise scored 3 times (Nkunku hat-trick) on the Etihad.

Winner: Manchester Metropolis

Membership Brugge v Benfica

Maybe two shock packages with Benfica having shocked Paris Saint-Germain by ending above them of their group. By dint of that, and enjoying the second leg at residence, and their European pedigree they’ll go into this tie as favourites. Nevertheless there was little expectation that Brugge would attain this stage they usually can’t be discounted with striker Ferran Jutgla a rising star.

Winner: Benfica

Liverpool v Actual Madrid

A reprise of final season’s last and an opportunity for revenge. But it surely looks like a punishing draw for Liverpool given they gained 15 factors and but completed second within the group phases. Regardless of Liverpool’s struggles this season and regardless of Actual’s imperious kind it’s a 50:50 recreation. However the truth the second leg is on the Bernabeu, the place the Spaniards additionally seem to drag it off, ideas it in Madrid’s favour. Simply.

Winner: Actual Madrid

AC Milan v Tottenham Hotspur

Antonio Conte – the previous Inter Milan coach – will relish a return to Italy and to the San Siro. He will even fancy Tottenham’s probabilities of progressing. Milan are the Serie A champions however are inexperienced and misplaced residence and away to Chelsea. It will likely be shut however Conte has to lastly enhance that appalling document in European knock-out ties and Spurs will recall the 2011 assembly with Joe Jordan and Gennaro Gattuso clashing on the pitch.

Winner: Tottenham Hotspur

Eintracht Frankfurt v Napoli

The Italians had been the top-scorers within the group stage and had been a group that everybody else wished to keep away from. In the event that they keep their kind they are going to be one of many favorites to win the Champions League, by no means thoughts this tie. Even so Frankfurt shouldn’t be under-estimated after completed above Sporting and Marseille within the tightest of teams.

Winner: Naples

Borussia Dortmund v Chelsea

One other evenly balanced tie with Dortmund having acquired themselves nicely in Manchester Metropolis’s group the place they had been unlucky to lose away. For them it’s all about Jude Bellingham, who scored in 4 successive video games, with the added curiosity that Chelsea are amongst their suitors of him. Once more it might be tight however Chelsea to edge it even when each groups seem like works-in-progress.

Winner: Chelsea

Inter Milan v Porto

Though Porto gained their group – with Atletico Madrid imploding and ending backside – they’ll go into this as underdogs in opposition to Inter who, in fact, knocked out Barcelona within the hardest of teams. Nonetheless it has been a difficult marketing campaign for Inter who’ve struggled domestically and with Romelu Lukaku having a torrid time via damage.

Winner: Inter Milan

Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich

PSG have constructed their squad to win the Champions League and but nonetheless no-one fairly is aware of how they’ll do particularly with their stars – Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – being so equipped in the direction of the World Cup. Bayern breezed their group however, total, have been a bit patchy and regardless of scoring numerous targets haven’t changed Robert Lewandowski.

Winner: Paris Saint-Germain

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