The draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League took place on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland, and produced several heavyweight clashes that would be worthy of almost any semifinal or final round. With all the remaining teams from the top five European leagues, the draw saw Real Madrid attract Manchester City, Liverpool make Atlético de Madrid and Chelsea land at Bayern Munich, to name a few. Here is an overview of the full results of the draw:
Borussia Dortmund vs PSG
Real Madrid vs. Manchester City
Atalanta against Valencia
Atlético de Madrid vs Liverpool
Chelsea vs Bayern Munich
Lyon against Juventus
Tottenham vs. RB Leipzig
Naples vs Barcelona
These are really tasty matches, and there are few favorites. Juventus will be delighted to train a Lyon team that has just lost the Memphis Depay star due to a knee injury that will make them lose Euro 2020. Barcelona also won a favorable draw against Naples if we consider that the team could have won a more delicate team like Tottenham or Chelsea. Napoli hasn’t won a league game in months and has a new manager at Gennaro Gattuso.
Probably the best game is Real Madrid against Manchester City, but all that is quite even. The Spanish team from Valencia dodged the traditional heavyweights and attacked Atalanta, who is playing in the competition for the first time, while the PSG avoided Atlético de Madrid or Tottenham, although Dortmund is still a test. The elimination phase will be played in February and March, with the first leg on February 18 and 19 and February 25 and 26. The return matches will take place from March 10 to 11 and from March 17 to 18. The draw for the quarterfinals will take place on March 20 and the final will take place on May 30 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.