Liverpool draw Atletico; Real Madrid face Manchester City
The 2019-20 Champions League draw for the Round of 16 knock-out phase went underway at the Swiss City of Nyon on December 15th. Reigning champions Liverpool will face Spanish club Atletico Madrid while runners-up and fellow-English club Tottenham Hotspur will run into Bundesliga front-runners RB Leipzig.
Thirteen-time champions Real Madrid and English Premier League title-holders Manchester City meet each in this very early stage of the tournament, means that one of these two Championship favourites will have to make a premature exit. Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund meet French powerhouse Paris St Germain who have the very expensive Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe in their ranks.
Serie A and Italian club Atalanta make their debut Champions League knock-out phase appearance and will be ranged against 2000 and 2001 title winners Valencia. Chelsea are pitted against Bundesliga giants and five-time Champion League winners Bayern Munich while Cristiano Ronaldo- led Serie A champions Juventus may have found an easy opponent in Olympique Lyonnais aka Lyon of France.
In the toughest draw after the Real-Man City one, five-time winners and La Liga champs Barcelona will have to contend with Italian powerhouse Napoli. A surprising omission from the knock-out stages is that of Dutch club Ajax who made it to last season’s semi-finals after demolishing clubs like Juventus and Real Madrid.
The first legs of the Round of 16 will be played on February 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th with 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th March being the dates for the return matches.
The finals will be held on May 30, 2020 at Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, the venue of Liverpool’s epic title win of 2005 final over AC Milan.
18 February: Borussia Dortmund v Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid v Liverpool
19 February: Atalanta v Valencia, Tottenham v RB Leipzig
25 February: Chelsea v Bayern Munich, Napoli v Barcelona
26 February: Real Madrid v Manchester City, Lyon v Juventus
10 March: Valencia v Atalanta, RB Leipzig v Tottenham
11 March: Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool v Atletico Madrid
17 March: Manchester City v Real Madrid, Juventus v Lyon
18 March: Bayern Munich v Chelsea, Barcelona v Napoli