The draw for the Champions League last-16 will be made in Nyon, Switzerland later today.
The 16 teams that progressed to the knockout stage all represent Europe’s big five leagues and some mouth-watering ties are in store.
There are certain rules that will impact how the draw will pan out.
- Every club's chances of winning CL
- Fan grabs Ronaldo around the neck
- Ranking CL's youngest goalscorers
No team can play a club from either their Champions League group or from their own nation.
And the group winners will play the second legs at home.
Best and worst-case scenarios
So, with that said, what is the best and worst-case scenarios for the four Premier League teams in the last-16 draw?
Let’s take a look.
Frank Lampard’s side finished second in Group H so they can expect a difficult last-16 tie.
Best case: RB Leipzig
Worst case: Barcelona
Chelsea’s potential opponents: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain or RB Leipzig
The defending champions had to wait until the final matchday but they secured top spot in Group E.
Best case: Atalanta
Worse case: Real Madrid
Liverpool’s potential opponents: Real Madrid, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon
Jose Mourinho’s team came second in Group B after losing twice to Bayern Munich.
A tough last-16 matchup could await last season’s finalists.
Best case: Valencia
Worst case: Barcelona
Tottenham’s potential opponents: Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Valencia
Pep Guardiola’s City breezed through Group C but they could face a tough test in the next stage.
Best case: Lyon
Worst case: Real Madrid
Manchester City’s potential opponents: Napoli, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Atletico Madrid
We’ve included best case scenarios for the four teams but really, there are no easy games at this stage of the Champions League.
It’s exceptionally difficult to predict what’s going to happen next year and there are perhaps eight teams who believe they can win it.
For now we’ll have to do with the data provided by FiveThirtyEight, who have worked out every club’s chances of winning the competition.
It’s good news for Manchester City but not for Real Madrid.
We can’t wait for the Champions League to resume with the last-16 ties, which get underway on February 18, 2020.News Now - Sport News