Group stages of the UEFA Champions League 2019-20 have come to an end and a total of 16 teams have qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament. The UCL 2019-20 Round of 16 draw is to be held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyom, Switzerland on Monday (December 16, 2019) at 04:30 pm IST (Indian Standard time) and 11:00 am GMT. This is the first time Champions league history that the teams from the traditional top-5 European leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 – have qualified for the knockout stages of the competition. Many big teams have qualified for the round of 16, so we take a look at some of the possible opponents for these European giants. Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane Sends Warning to Liverpool Ahead of Champions League 2019-20 Round of 16 Draw.
The knockout stages regulars such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Juventus, PSG and Manchester City have all qualified for the round of 16. But there were few surprises in this year’s group stage as last season’s finalists Ajax and current Serie A leaders Inter Milan have failed to qualify. La Liga and Premier League have four team’s each followed by Bundesliga and Serie A with three. Ansu Fati Becomes Youngest Goal-Scorer in Champions League History During Inter Milan vs Barcelona Clash.
Few rules that need to be considered during the draws, Teams cannot be drawn against the sides they have already played in the group stages or against the sides from the same national association. Group winners will play against the teams that finished as runners up and they will play the second leg at home in each draw. Before the draw, we look at the sides which the top teams can be drawn against.
The defending champions needed a win in their final group game to book a place in the last 16 and secure a top spot in the group. Liverpool finished ahead of Napoli, RB Salzburg and Genk in Group E and can face Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon or Real Madrid.
The record champions are in deep trouble as they finished second in their group behind Paris Saint Germain and will surely have to face one of the competition favourites. The teams Zidane and his men could be drawn against are Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Liverpool or RB Leipzig.
The five-time champions Barcelona finished top of their group and qualified ahead of some big-name teams like Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan. Qualified as group winners Barcelona could face Atalanta, Chelsea, Lyon, Napoli or Tottenham Hotspur.
The record Italian champions made easy work of their group stages matches as they won five games dropping only two points along the way. Finished as group winners, Juventus can face Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Real Madrid or Tottenham Hotspur.
The five-time champions league winners and record Bundesliga champions finished top of their group with a perfect record. But things are far from perfect in the dugout as boss Nico Kovac was sacked in November and interim manager Hansi Flick has taken charge. As the Bavarians finished on top of their group they could face Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Lyon, Napoli or Real Madrid.
The defending English champions are struggling in their domestic league and are expected to go all-out in their hunt of winning the first UCL title. Man City finished top of their group with 14 points and can face Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Napoli or Real Madrid.
Paris Saint Germain
For all the money PSG has spent in recent years, they have never reached the Champions League final. The Parisians finished top of their group with 16 points out of possible 18 and can face Atletico Madrid, Atalanta, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli or Tottenham Hotspur.
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