Champions League Draw – All You Need to Know About the Round of 16 Draw

All four English clubs secured a stay of execution in this season’s Champions League after both Liverpool and Chelsea followed Man City and Spurs into the hat for Monday’s Round of 16 draw. Here's all you need to know about the draw...

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All four English clubs secured a stay of execution in this season’s Champions League after both Liverpool and Chelsea followed Man City and Spurs into the hat for Monday’s Round of 16 draw.

Here’s all you need to know about the Champions League draw, and the potential opponents for all four English sides.

Champions League Round of 16 Draw – What You Need to Know

Which sides have qualified for the Round of 16?

The Round of 16 has a decidedly elite feel to it this year, with only Europe’s five major leagues represented – England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Liverpool and Chelsea both recorded important wins to book their places alongside Man City and Spurs in the draw, with the latter two sides qualifying before matchday six. Spain also saw all four sides make the cut with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia all living to fight another day.

Germany (Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig) and Italy (Juventus, Napoli and Atalanta) boast three representatives apiece in the knockout stages, with two French sides – PSG and Lyon – rounding off the Round of 16.

What time is the Champions League draw?

The Champions League Round of 16 draw will take place at 11:00 GMT at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Teams will be split into two pots – group stage winners and runners-up.

How does the Round of 16 draw work?

Don’t expect any all-English clashes at this stage of the tournament – as no team from the same country can play each other. With four English clubs making it through, that significantly reduces the pool of potential opponents for each English sides.

Teams also cannot face a side they previously played in the group stages. This means, for instance, Tottenham Hotspur can breathe easy about facing Bayern Munich again – for the time being at least.

Group winners have one major advantage – with home advantage by default in the second leg.

When will the Round of 16 take place?

First-leg ties will take place across two weeks – 18/19 February and 25/26 February, while the second-leg ties begin on 10/11 March, concluding on 17/18 March.

Which sides are in Pot 1 in the Round of 16 draw?

All group winners: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, RB Leipzig, Paris St-Germain, and Valencia.

Which sides are in Pot 2 in the Round of 16 draw?

All group runners-up: Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Lyon, Napoli, Real Madrid, and Tottenham.

Who can Liverpool play in the Round of 16?

The reigning champions finished as group winners which means they will face a non-English side from Pot 2. That means they could play any one of Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, or Real Madrid – with the latter being a potential tasty rematch of the 2017/18 final.

Who can Manchester City play in the Round of 16?

As Group C winners, Pep Guardiola’s will also face a team from Pot 2, although not Spurs or Chelsea. They will face one of Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Napoli or Real Madrid.

Who can Chelsea play in the Round of 16?

Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Lille saw them squeak through as group runners-up. That means they will face a tough examination of their staying power against one of five Pot 1 teams. Potential opponents include Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, RB Leipzig or Paris St-Germain.

Who can Spurs play in the Round of 16?

Spurs had already booked their place in the Round of 16 prior to matchday six, but will face a team from Pot 1 after finishing comfortably behind Bayern Munich in Group B. Spurs will play one of Barcelona, Juventus, RB Leipzig, Paris St-Germain or Valencia.

When is the Champions League quarter-final draw?

English sides will be hoping their names are in the hat on 20th March when the draw for the last eight takes place shortly after the conclusion of the Round of 16.

What are the dates for the Champions League quarter-finals?

The quarter-finals will take place on 7/8 April and 14/15 April.

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