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Champions League knockout draw simulator: PSG face Real Madrid in the tie of the round, whilst there's a favourable draw for the English sides

George Priestman

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Champions League knockout draw simulator: PSG face Real Madrid in the tie of the round, whilst there's a favourable draw for the English sides

The Champions League knockout stages will take place next year, but the draw is fast approaching us on Monday.

Fans are anxiously waiting the outcome of the draw, to see if they're team will face one of Europe's elite or score a more favourable draw.

Four English teams are through to the next stage with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all in the hat for the round of 16.

Last year's winners Real Madrid stand out as one of the favourites again, alongside Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

Shock qualifiers include Benfica, who finished top of their group with PSG, as well as Club Brugge but Napoli stand as one to watch having won five out of their six games in their group with Liverpool.

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Rounding it off are Porto, Red Bull Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, both Milan clubs and another surprise pick in last year's Europa League champions Frankfurt.

We have decided to run the draw through a simulator and it threw up some interesting match-ups as well as some favourable draws for the English sides.

There are some great knockout games involving some of Europe's finest teams, as well as chances for lesser name teams to shine on the big stage.

Here is the R16 draw in full:

PSG vs Real Madrid

In a repeat of last year's R16 clash, Madrid face PSG again following last year's sensational 3-2 aggregate win for the Spanish side who went onto be champions.

Both sides are in great form this season, but the form of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, alongside a new coach and system, could see them finally win the illusive competition.


Inter Milan vs Tottenham

Antonio Conte returns to his old club in this enticing draw, Spurs hung on to take spot, whilst Inter saw off Barcelona in a tough group.

An evenly matched game between two sides with a similar set-up should a tight, but exciting affair.


Frankfurt vs Napoli

Last year's Europa League winners meet this year's in-form team in Napoli - the Italian side topped their Champions League group and are currently top of Serie A.

The likes of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Victor Osimhen make for a formidable prospect and should progress past a Frankfurt side that have lost four in the Bundesliga this season.


Liverpool vs Porto

Surprise, surprise. The Reds face off against Porto for a fourth time in six years - Porto have never won a game in Europe against Liverpool and it's likely to stay that way.

Liverpool are slowly returning to form, but are still vulnerable. By the time this tie rolls around, they should be strengthened by players returning from injury and should ease through once again.

Liverpool and Porto met in the group stages of last season's competition. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Liverpool and Porto met in the group stages of last season's competition. (Image Credit: Alamy)

AC Milan vs Man City

City look to be everyone's favourite for the crown, with Erling Haaland scoring at will and Kevin De Bruyne showing his best form - they look a intimidating prospect.

Milan failed twice against Chelsea in the group stages, but a fully fit side will challenge Pep Guardiola's men, in a game that's expected to be exciting.


RB Leipzig vs Chelsea

This match-up throws up some interesting sub-plots; Timo Werner returns to face his old team, whilst Christopher Nkunku has been highly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge next summer.

It's also a first meeting between the sides in the Champions League, in what should be a highly contested game in which Chelsea begin as favourites, but Leipzig certainly have goals in them.


Club Brugge vs Bayern Munich

Brugge did the impossible and qualified out of their group that also included Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid, but face an uphill task here.

Bayern have sprung into life in recent times, recording back-to-back wins over Barcelona and winning every game in their group - it's hard to look past a win for the Germans.


Dortmund vs Benfica

Last, but not least, we see the surprise package of the tournament so far in Benfica take on Dortmund. Benfica have impressed by going toe-to-toe with PSG and topped the group with the French giants in it.

Dortmund always seem to qualify out of their group, but a shot against Benfica could be extremely competitive, and the German side may well feel that a win is in their grasp.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Champions League

George Priestman
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