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Champions League Draw Has An English Flavor For Spanish Teams

The Champions League Round of 16 draw has an English flavor too it as two of the Spanish representatives in the Round of 16 have drawn a side from the Premier League.

Real Madrid are involved in the tie of the round as they have been paired with England champions Manchester City, who they last played in the semi-finals of the 2016 competition, giving Pep Guardiola the chance to return to the Spanish capital.

The first leg will take place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and this tie will actually be the third time Guardiola has met with Los Merengues in the Champions League.

As Barcelona coach, he was the victory in the 2011 semi-final, which was memorable for a lot of the wrong reasons due to Jose Mourinho’s behaviour, yet in his second knockout tie against Madrid with Bayern Munich, he was on the receiving end of a 5-0 hammering.

Atletico Madrid have been handed a daunting draw as they have been pitted against competition holders Liverpool. Less than 12 months after winning the Champions League inside the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds shall return.

Barcelona will face Italian side Napoli and Ernesto Valverde feels the Serie A side will be a tough test for his team.

The Italians have had a hectic campaign with unrest ensuing between president Aurelio De Laurentiis and the squad, which ended with Carlo Ancelotti getting the sack.Nevertheless, Valverde is wary of the threat that Gennaro Gattuso’s side pose.

“[Napoli] are tough opponents, as we expected, and who we already faced in pre-season, even though that that will have nothing to do with the tie,” Valverde said.

“The problem with these draws is that you evaluate the opponent and that will also have nothing to do with how they will be in two months.

“They have just changed coach. In the Serie A they have not started well, but they’ve had a great Champions League campaign.”I think they are tough opponents, with a great atmosphere at their stadium.”

Meanwhile Valencia will also be favorites against Italian opposition – Los Che have been paired with Atalanta, who are at this stage for the first time in their history.

The first leg of the ties will take place across the 18-19 and 25-26 February, with the return legs being played across the 10-11 and 17-18 March.

The final this year will be played at Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul.

Champions League last-16 draw first leg
Borussia Dortmund v Paris Saint-Germain – Buy Champions League Tickets
Real Madrid v Manchester City – Buy Champions League Tickets
Atalanta v Valencia – Buy Champions League Tickets
Atletico Madrid v Liverpool – Buy Champions League Tickets
Chelsea v Bayern Munich – Buy Champions League Tickets
Olympique Lyonnais v Juventus – Buy Champions League Tickets
Tottenham Hotspur v RB Leipzig – Buy Champions League Tickets
Napoli v Barcelona – Buy Champions League Tickets

Champions League last-16 draw second leg
Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund – Buy Champions League Tickets
Manchester City v Real Madrid – Buy Champions League Tickets
Valencia v Atalanta – Buy Champions League Tickets
Liverpool v Atletico Madrid – Buy Champions League Tickets
Bayern Munich v Chelsea – Buy Champions League Tickets
Juventus v Olympique Lyonnais – Buy Champions League Tickets
RB Leipzig v Tottenham Hotspur – Buy Champions League Tickets
Barcelona v Napoli – Buy Champions League Tickets