The next phase of the 68th UEFA Champions League will be decided on Monday after group stage action wrapped up last week.
The tournament will resume after the World Cup, with the round of 16 set for the week of St. Valentine’s Day (February 14).
While many celebrate Valentine’s Day, football fans will celebrate the return of Europe’s top competition. This year brings the possibility of seeing Kylian Mbappe and PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu.
How it works, rules
The draw will be held on Monday, November 7 in Nyon and features 16 teams that advanced from the group stage.
This draw will establish the round of 16 ties to be played on February 14, 15, 21 and 22, and the return legs on March 7, 8, 14 and 15.
As in the group stage, teams from the same country cannot play each other. Real Madrid doesn’t have this problem, since they are the only Spanish club still in the competition.
Of the 16 teams that have gone through, eight are seeded (group winners), while the other eight teams are unseeded (runners-up).
The group winners pot is made up of: Napoli, Porto, Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Benfica.
In the runners-up pot we find: Liverpool, Club Brugge, Inter, Eintracht Frankfurt, AC Milan, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmun and PSG.
Real Madrid, the only Spanish team to qualify for the knockout stage, can face any of the unseeded teams except for RB Leipzig since they were in Group F.
Teams from the same country
Teams from the same country cannot play each other in the round of 16, and the games must take place on different days due to television rights. For example, Inter and Milan cannot play on the same match days.
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