Liverpool and Manchester City will face Bundesliga opposition in the upcoming Champions League last-16 ties, while Chelsea will come up against Atletico Madrid.

European football’s top competition will return this week as the knockout phase begins.

The Champions League last 16 is coming up this month


The Champions League last 16 is coming up this month

Jurgen Klopp’s 2018 winners Liverpool will face RB Leipzig, who sealed their qualification to the last 16 with a brilliant 3-2 victory over Manchester United.

Man City will also face German opposition with Borussia Monchengladbach, playing in the last-16 for the first time, drawn as their opponents.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, the first legs of these ties will not take place in Germany but at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

Chelsea have arguably the toughest draw of the Premier League sides with new boss Thomas Tuchel set to face Atletico Madrid, who are top of LaLiga after a fine season so far.

But, again due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Blues won’t be heading to Spain for their first leg but rather to the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania.

Champions League last 16 draw and first leg dates

  • RB Leipzig vs LIVERPOOL – Tuesday, February 16, 8pm – LIVE on talkSPORT
  • Barcelona vs PSG – Tuesday, February 16, 8pm – LIVE on talkSPORT 2
  • Sevilla vs Borussia Dortmund – Wednesday, February 17, 8pm
  • Porto vs Juventus – Wednesday, February 17, 8pm
  • Lazio vs Bayern Munich – Tuesday, February 23, 8pm
  • Atletico Madrid vs CHELSEA – Tuesday, February 23, 8pm
  • Borussia Monchengladbach vs MAN CITY – Wednesday, February 24, 8pm
  • Atalanta vs Real Madrid – Wednesday, February 24, 8pm

All last-16 ties will kick-off at 8pm with the first legs in February and the return legs in March. The draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will then be conducted on March 19.

Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain is arguably the tie of the round but former teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar will not come to blows as PSG’s main man has a thigh injury.

PSG, who were beaten finalists last season, will hope to have Neymar fit again for the second leg.

The French giants have bad memories of facing Barca from their clash in 2017, when their 4-0 first-leg lead was overturned in a dramatic 6-1 defeat at the Nou Camp.

Meanwhile, holders Bayern Munich will take on Italian side Lazio, while Cristiano Ronaldo returns to his native Portugal with Juventus to take on Porto.

Europa League holders Sevilla are up against Borussia Dortmund while 13-times winners Real Madrid take on Atalanta, who reached the quarter-finals last season.

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