Liverpool’s defense of the Champions League will continue with a double hand against Atletico Madrid in the last 16, with Manchester City taking over Real Madrid.
Chelsea will join another heavyweight tie as they face German giants Bayern Munich, and Tottenham – finalists from 2019 – must try to beat RB Leipzig. Barcelona has regularly expressed its desire to return to the top of the competition in European competition and continue its adventure against Naples.
Paris Saint-Germain, with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe chasing the charge, will take a tough test against Borussia Dortmund.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the top scorer of the competition, can add to the stunning collection of continental efforts in a meeting with Lyon, while Atalanta’s clash with Valencia completes the first knockout stage.
Liverpool are claiming their sixth European Cup success last season and are once again trying to supplement the Premier League title with another European debut.
Their remarkable triumph at Spurs on June 1 came to Wanda Metropolitano and Jurgen Klopp’s side will return to this venue when taking over Atletico Madrid.
Manchester City, looking for a first mainland success, is also set to visit the Spanish capital.
Pep Guardiola’s men face the most lethal test with the 13 winners of Real Madrid, who are in this position after finishing as runners-up in their squad.
Chelsea are expected to reunite with Bayern Munich after overcoming them to claim the Turkish Championship in 2012, while Tottenham – with two winners Jose Mourinho now calling the shots – to complete the English Championship and complete the English Championship of Bundesliga the form of RB Leipzig.
Lionel Messi and Co are determined to take a famous trophy back to Camp Nou and the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will want to be at his best when he takes on a dangerous side of Napoli.
Ronaldo has previously been added to the metal collection in this competition with Manchester United and Real Madrid, with Juventus’ next step in an effort to end their barren Champions League run by seeing them face the French. form of Lyon.
PSG have several world-class winners in their squad and will want to see the potential transform into something more tangible, starting with Borussia Dortmund in the last 16.
Elsewhere, the Atalanta Surprise Pack – sketching this stage for the first time – will have their eyes on another award-winning scalp when they lock the horns with Valencia.
The first legs of a series of impatiently expected meetings will take place on 18/19 and 25/26 February.
Return dates are expected to take place on 10/11 and 17/18 March.
The Champions League pulls it off
- Borussia Dortmund vs Paris Saint-Germain
- Premier League
- Atalanta vs Valencia
- Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool
- Chelsea vs Bayern Munich
- Lyon vs Juventus
- Tottenham Hotspur vs PB Leipzig
- Naples vs Barcelona