Real Madrid have drawn Liverpool in the last 16 of the Champions League




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Real Madrid drew Liverpool in the last 16 of the Champions League on Monday in a rematch of last season’s final.

the white ones He beat Liverpool 1-0 in Paris in May to win his 14th European Cup.

The 2022 final was marred by chaos outside the stadium and widespread criticism of the treatment of fans by French authorities deployed for the match in May.

Monday’s draw also pitted Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich against each other.

The Parisians finished second in their group behind Benfica after the final round and now face the side who beat PSG in their last only appearance in 2020.

Elsewhere, Antonio Conte returns to Italy to face AC Milan with Tottenham Hotspur, while Chelsea take on Borussia Dortmund.

Pep Guardiola’s pursuit of the Champions League trophy that has eluded him for 11 years will continue as his Manchester City side take on German side RB Leipzig.

A likely draw is Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who recently complained that football’s top teams face each other infrequently and said midweek European competition should offer matches “with the strongest teams and the best players in the world” throughout the year. .

“If we look at the last Champions League finalists, Liverpool, the historic team with six European Cups, we have only played them nine times in 67 years.”

The last time Liverpool beat Real Madrid, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerard were at the forefront.

If Real and Liverpool meet for the 10th time in 2023, the two sides have met twice in the last five seasons in the final of the competition, with the Spanish side emerging twice.

Even in the 2020/21 season, Real beat Liverpool over two legs and have not lost a game against the Reds in the previous six matches.
That last victory came on a famous night at Anfield in the last 16 in 2009, when Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres powered the home side to a 4-0 win.

Real will be favorites to reach the quarter-finals thanks to Liverpool’s impressive start to the season – Jurgen Klopp’s side are very much in the Premier League title race – while the European Cup holders have easily beaten their Champions League group and are already in control. the league

The first legs are scheduled for February 14/15/21/22, and the second legs will be on March 14/7/8/15.

Champions League Round of 16 draw:

Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich

Inter Milan vs FC Porto

Borussia Dortmund vs Chelsea

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Napoli!

AC Milan vs Tottenham

Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Club Brugge vs Benfica

RB Leipzig vs Manchester City