Paris Saint-Germain did not wait before being fixed. His opponent in the knockout stages of the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund, was drawn first Monday 16 December in the Monday draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. For its part, Olympique Lyonnais, qulaified in extremis, inherited the dreaded Juventus Turin.
🇩🇪 Dortmund v Paris 🇫🇷 # UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/bqKMkW9ZmF- UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 16, 2019
🇫🇷 Lyon v Juventus 🇮🇹 # UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/jRvndnpxdc- UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 16, 2019
The big poster will pit Real Madrid, the record holder of victories in the prestigious European competition, in Manchester City. The first matches will be played on 18-19 and 25-26 February, the return matches on 10-11 and 17-18 March 2020.
Round of 16 draw 🔥
Sum up your reaction with a GIF 📱 # UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/fkdBCoX7v6
The round of 16 first leg will take place over two consecutive weeks, on February 18 and 19, then on February 25 and 26. The return matches are scheduled for March 10 and 11, then March 17 and 18.
The seeds are supposed to have two advantages: that of facing a theoretically weaker opponent, and that of playing the return match, decisive for the qualification, in front of their public.
The first advantage is only theoretical since upscale clubs from the Old Continent may have completed the group stage in second place. This is the case of Tottenham, unhappy finalist of the last edition against Liverpool, and especially Real Madrid, 13 times winner of the queen competition but second in his group behind Paris.
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