Liverpool will have the chance to exact revenge for losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final last season as Jurgen Klopp’s team was paired with the holders once more in the round of 16.
The second major matchup is a replay of Bayern Munich’s 2020 championship game between Paris Saint-Germain and the German club.
Liverpool completed first in their gathering in the wake of winning five of their six games. But Napoli took the top place after they defeated Liverpool 4-1 in Italy.
The Real Madrid team won their group ahead of RB Leipzig. crushed the Liverpool club in the 2018 Bosses Association last.
“The first thing we can say about this tie is that it is genuinely Champions League. The first game will take place on February 21 at Anfield, and the return match will take place on March 15 at Santiago Bernabeu.
As the head of institutional relations for the 14-time European champions and a brilliant former Real player, Emilio Butragueno, remarked. “They are two iconic teams and the tie is going to be electrifying, intriguing for the spectators.”
Real should be considered the favourites based on recent domestic performance; Carlo Ancelotti’s team is undefeated in La Liga, while Liverpool. Who beat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, are ninth in the Premier League.
Butragueno admitted that a lot may happen in the three months until the Champions League resumes. Despite the fact that both teams will lose important players to the World Cup.
“The World Cup will shape the entire season. When the guys come back, we’ll see how they’ve been doing,” he added.
Benfica’s superior away goal total over all games prevented PSG from winning the group. But the teams miraculously tied on points. Goal differential, goals scored, and head-to-head statistics.
Chelsea will face Dortmund.
A year after their traumatic defeat at the hands of Real in the first round of the knockout stage. It left the Qatar-owned club open to a difficult draw.
Bayern, the only team to win all six group games despite being in a section containing Barcelona and Inter Milan. Was the toughest team to beat in terms of form.
At the height of the epidemic. Bayern won 2020 final, which was played in secret in Lisbon, 1-0. The following year, PSG exacted revenge by defeating the Bavarians in the quarterfinals.