Champions League round of 16 draw - as it happened
The knockout phase involves the 16 teams that have qualified as winners and runners-up of each of the eight groups in the group stage. The 2017-18 UEFA Champions League knockout phase will begin on 13 February and end on 26 May 2018, with the final being played in Kiev at the NSC Olimpiskiy Stadium on April 13 2018. Seeded group winners will play away from home in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February and on home soil in the return games on 6/7 and 13/14 March.
Here is the full list of 16 teams who entered the draw:
Group winners: Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur.
Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk.
There have been two seeding pots: one consisting group winners and the other of runners-up. The only rule was that no team can play a club from their initial Champions League group or any side from their own country.
The Champions League round of 16 draw took place today in Nyon and what a draw it has been. The event produced some mouth-watering encounters to look forward to.
Champions League round of 16 full draw
Juventus (ITA) vs Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Basel (SUI) vs Manchester City (ENG)
FC Porto (POR) vs Liverpool (ENG)
Sevilla (ESP) vs Manchester United (ENG)
Real Madrid (ESP) vs Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) vs Roma (ITA)
Chelsea (ENG) vs Barcelona (ESP)
Bayern Munich (GER) vs Besiktas (TUR)
The Premier League’s representatives have been flying high in the Champions League this season as all five have qualified for the round of 16. Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool have all topped their group, while Chelsea have finished as runners-up to Roma in their group. For the English football fans, things have gone pretty well for Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool, while Chelsea’s tie against Barcelona is definitely the tastiest.
Tottenham against Juventus is another cracker involving an English team. Tottenham were the group winners in the ‘group of death’ along Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund this season. In addition, Mauricio Pochettino’s men beat Juventus 2-0 in a friendly fixture in pre-season.
The overwhelming clash of the round is definitely Real Madrid vs Paris Saint Germain. These two sides met in the 2015/16 group stage when they drew nil-nil in Paris before Real Madrid won 1-0 at home. Things have changed for PSG nowadays though, as together with Real Madrid were first and third in the pre-draw betting to lift the trophy in Kiev.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will take on Swedish team Ostersunds in the last-32 of the Europa League, while Celtic face a tricky game against Roberto Mancini's Zenit St. Petersburg.
Champions League round of 16 draw facts
- Group winners have reached in 72.3% the round of 16 ties since the current competition format was introduced.
- It will be a special moment for Paris Saint Germain’s winger Angel Di Maria when he takes on Real Madrid, as he spent four seasons in the Spanish capital.
- It is the 6th time when Chelsea will play Barcelona in the Champions League knockout stages and the 12th meeting overall. Chelsea have had the better of these meetings, with four victories to the Blaugrana’s three.
- Another interesting fact is Lionel Messi has never scored against Chelsea in eight previous games, the most he has faced any club without finding the back of the net.