Nyon (dpa) - At the headquarters of the European Football Union in Nyon, the round of 16 of the Champions League and the intermediate round of the Europa League will be drawn today (from 12 noon / Eurosport, Sky Sport News HD and DAZN).
In the premier class, FC Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are waiting for their opponents, one class lower Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt and VfL Wolfsburg. German-German duels in the first knockout rounds of the European Cup competitions are excluded.
PROCEDERE: Two pots are drawn, a team from pot 1 is drawn to a team from pot 2. In the first pot are the supposedly strong teams that have won their groups. From Germany, FC Bayern and RB Leipzig, including Jürgen Klopp's defending champion FC Liverpool and FC Barcelona. The respective group runners-up are drawn from the second pot, i.e. Borussia Dortmund as well as Real and Atlético Madrid, among others. Duels between clubs from one country are excluded, as well as a direct reunion of group opponents. The seeded teams have home rights in the second leg.
HAMMERLOSE: Bayern and Leipzig should be a little bit more relaxed about the draw. Although both threaten the Madrid clubs and Chelsea, RB could also get Bayern group opponents Tottenham Hotspur drawn. In Pot 2 there are also supposedly hapless people like Atalanta Bergamo or SSC Napoli. BVB, on the other hand, will be more likely to face a very big name in European football. Only Valencia CF drops a bit in pot 1.
NATIONS: For the first time, the knockout round of the premier class will only take place with participation from the top 5 leagues in Europe. Spain and England are represented by four clubs, Germany and Italy by three. France has two clubs.
DATES: It's a long way to the quarter-finals - and not just because of the sporting challenge. UEFA will distribute the games over an entire month. The first leg will take place on February 18, 19, 25 and 26. The second legs are scheduled for March 10, 11, 17 and 18. All games start at 9:00 p.m., the draw for the next knockout rounds will take place on March 20th.
EUROPE LEAGUE: Bayer Leverkusen only made it one class lower than relegated premier class, Eintracht Frankfurt and VfL Wolfsburg in pot two of the unsettled teams. The rules are the same as for the Champions League draw. The fattest chunks would be Ajax Amsterdam, FC Arsenal, who are still avoiding group opponents Frankfurt, Inter Milan, Manchester United and record winner FC Sevilla. Borussia Mönchengladbach recently learned painfully that even supposedly solvable tasks like Istanbul Basaksehir are not always such. The first leg of the intermediate round will increase on February 20, the second leg a week later. The draw for the round of 16 will take place on February 28th.
Champions League draw
Europa League draw
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