The draw for the Last 16 of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League is out and as usual it renews rivalries, stirs up nostalgia and brings about reunions.
- Borussia Dortmund v Paris St-Germain
- Real Madrid v Manchester City
- Atalanta v Valencia
- Atletico Madrid v Liverpool
- Chelsea v Bayern Munich
- Lyon v Juventus
- Tottenham v RB Leipzig
- Napoli v Barcelona
- Every tie in itself is high octane but the plum tie of the round is Real Madrid vs Manchester City. Both sides are full of superstars and although their glamour have dimmed a little over this season, they remain the powerhouses of Europe. City have of course never won this tournament before while Madrid have 13 trophies. Interestingly, Pep has faced Real Madrid the most times as a club in his career (17), but he has never faced them as a City manager. He lost heavily (5-0agg) as a Bayern manager in the semi-finals of the 2013/14 season. For Zinedine Zidane, he faced City and eliminated them in the semi-finals of the 2015/16 edition.
- Liverpool’s visit to Wanda Metropolitan will bring back sweet memories of last season, the venue where Jurgen Klopp lifted their his first Champions League trophy with the Reds. Liverpool have met Atletico Madrid four times in Europe before, though the last was the semi-finals of the 2009/10 Europa League (then the UEFA Cup). The Spaniards advanced then with a certain Kun Aguero playing up front for them.
- Memories of the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final will come flooding back when these sides meet again in Feb. Chelsea fans will reminisce their unlikely victory over Bayern after penalties but the personnel are of course now vastly different, none of the Chelsea 18 on that day are still with the club. Bayern’s Thomas Muller was a fresh faced 23 year-old then and is now a veteran at 30.
- Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur faces high-flying RB Leipzig who is leading the Bundesliga and finished top of their Champions League Group. Both sides have never met before in history, even Jose Mourinho himself has never faced the German side before in his long and illustrious managerial career.
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