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Champions League last-16 draw: Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City learn fate

The Champions League last-16 draw has been made and there are some tasty ties in store for the first knockout stage.

Chelsea will face a tough clash with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, who eliminated Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at this stage last season, while Liverpool face Red Bull Leipzig – who took out Manchester United in the group stages.

Manchester City, quarter-finalists in five of the last six seasons, will face Borussia Monchengladbach.

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona face Paris Saint-Germain – who boast his former team-mate Neymar as well as Kylian Mbappe – in a titanic clash, while Real Madrid face Atalanta.

Bayern Munich, the tournament favourites and defending champions, will take on Lazio, while Porto face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus and Sevilla meet Borussia Dortmund.

The first legs will take place on 16, 17, 23 or 24 February, with the return legs kicking off in 9, 10, 16 and 17 March.

Champions League draw

Man City – Monchengladbach
Lazio – Bayern
Atletico Madrid – Chelsea
Red Bull Leipzig – Liverpool
Porto – Juventus
Barcelona – Paris Saint-Germain
Servilla – Borussia Dortmund
Atalanta – Real Madrid

All three English teams finished as group winners, which, in theory, should provide them an easier draw for the first knockout round.

Finishing top meant Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City would all swerve the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.

However, there were some tough potential ties with Atletico Madrid – Chelsea’s opponents – and Barcelona among the sides who finished second in their group.

All three of Chelsea, City and Liverpool will play their first leg away before bringing their opponents back to Stamford Bridge, the Etihad and Anfield respectively.

Manchester United are the only English side to have been eliminated from the competition so far this season.

They dropped into the Europa League after finishing third behind PSG and Red Bull Leipzig.

City topped Group C ahead of Porto, Liverpool finished ahead of Atalanta, while Chelsea claimed top spot above Sevilla.

Spain and Germany have the most representatives in the knockout stages – boasting four teams apiece.

Italy and England both have three teams remaining in the draw, with PSG and Porto the sole representatives from France and Portugal respectively.

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