UEFA Champions League Draw - Clash of the Titans

UEFA Champions League Draw - Clash of the Titans
  • Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain
  • Roma vs Porto
  • Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund
  • Ajax vs Real Madrid
  • Lyon vs Barcelona
  • Liverpool vs Bayern Munich
  • Schalke vs Manchester City
  • Atletico Madrid vs Juventus

The draw for the next round has been set in stone, and the true journey to the finals begin here for many of the clubs. Giants are poised to clash way earlier than expected.

Manchester United has been handed a daunting task of knocking out French champions Paris Saint-Germain. Paris Saint-Germain remains one of the three teams (the others being Juventus in the Serie A and Liverpool in the Premier League) to maintain their undefeated record in their domestic league. The under-performing camp of Manchester are 19 points off leaders Liverpool.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar said, “The coach has changed and it will be a different playing style – they’re in the process of changing things up – but we know the quality they have. I love the big matches and it’s always a pleasure to play in them. I’m very happy to be taking on Manchester United.”

Barcelona have been paired with Lyon and Lionel Messi believes his team are in for a difficult test against Bruno Genesio’s squad.

“Lyon was not the strongest name, but it will be complicated,” he said. ”They were equal when they played [Manchester] City; they will be difficult to advance against. It’s a long way away, a lot of things can happen between now and February. We don’t know how they’re going to be, how we’re going to be, but we know it’s going to be a complicated game.”

“‘We are pleased with the round of 16 draw. We wanted to avoid a rival like Liverpool, the current runners-up in Europe,” added the Catalan manager Ernesto Valverde.

After surviving the group of death, Liverpool progressed by a sliver after a 1-0 home win against Napoli. Manager Jurgen Klopp’s admitted that there were two sides he desperately wanted to avoid – former club Borussia Dortmund and the Ronaldo-led Juventus. His prayers went answered after Bayern Munich were drawn against them.

“Dortmund I did not want to meet that early. If we meet from that round on it is good for both clubs and we will see what happens. And Juventus because for me they are the favourites for the tournament. They are so experienced. Because of the age group they are, it looks a little bit like the defence’s last chance. It will be really difficult to beat Juve this year.”

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was also full of praise for their English counterparts, “They’re the team of the hour. They’re the league leaders in England. They play good football, they’re very physical and they’re full of energy.”

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