Champions League: Take two sees Real paired with PSG

14 December 2021 02:36:42 GMTPlus10
Lionel Messi and PSG will face Real Madrid

After a technical error forced the first Champions League last-16 draw to be voided, attempt two brought up a tasty tie between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

The ties will be split across different weeks, with the first legs taking place on 15th-16th February and 22nd-23rd February, while the second legs are then on 8th-9th March and 15th-16th March.

Messi-CR7 showdown put on hold

PSG had originally been drawn to face Manchester United, which would have seen Lionel Messi taking on Cristiano Ronaldo, but supporters will have to wait for that clash after Les Parisiens were handed a tie against Real in the re-draw.

Mauricio Pochettino's men, who are 12121/1 to win the tournament for the first time, finished second in the group behind Manchester City and they will have to overcome a Spanish side that is steeped in history when it comes to this tournament.

Los Blancos are the most successful side in the European Cup/Champions League, winning an incredible 13 trophies and they can be backed at 13/10 to extend that record to 14.

This will be the seventh time these two teams have met with Madrid leading the head-to-head record 3-1. The first meeting and the most recent encounter between the pair ended in draws.

Full Last-16 Draw
RB Salzburg v Bayern Munich
Sporting Lisbon v Manchester City
Benfica v Ajax
Chelsea v Lille
Atletico Madrid v Manchester United
Villarreal v Juventus
Inter Milan v Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid

Reds handed tough draw

Liverpool, who won all six of their group games to become the first English club to achieve this in a Champions League campaign, have been given a tricky tie against Serie A champions Inter Milan.

The Reds, 8/13 to be crowned European champions for the seventh time, will need to be wary of an Inter side who are back at the summit of the Italian top-flight and in the midst of a good run of form.

Simone Inzaghi's side are 9/4 to pick up the win in the first leg on home turf, while the draw is priced at 13/5 and Liverpool are 23/20 to triumph in the San Siro.

Spanish test for Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United will be hoping to progress into the quarter-finals at the expense of Atletico Madrid, who just scraped into second in Group B behind Liverpool.

The Red Devils are 12121/1 to win the tournament for the first time since 2008 - when Ronaldo was in his first stint at Old Trafford - while Atleti are 12121/1 to finally lift the trophy after three runner-up finishes.

This will be the first meeting between these two clubs and United can be backed at 7/4 to win the first leg, while the draw is 21/10 and the hosts are 17/10.

Deja vu for Blues

Having been paired together in the original draw, holders Chelsea and Ligue 1 champions Lille seemed destined to play each other after the same tie came out again.

The Blues beat Lille 2-1 both away and home in the 2019/20 group stage of the Champions League - the teams' only previous fixtures - and a 2-1 victory in the first leg at Stamford Bridge is available at 9/1.

Chelsea are aiming to become just the second club to successfully defend the Champions League title - the only other side to achieve this being Real Madrid - and Thomas Tuchel's men are 12121/1 lift the trophy.

Citizens expected to progress

Manchester City, the fourth and final English side in the draw, have been handed a tie against Sporting Lisbon, who just edged out Borussia Dortmund to clinch second spot in Group C.

The Citizens lost out in last season's final, going down 1-0 to Chelsea, and Pep Guardiola's men can be backed at 6/5 to win the tournament for the first time.

Sporting won the first competitive fixture between these two teams back in 2012, coming out on top 1-0 in the Europa League, before the Citizens won the reverse leg 3-2, only to go out on away goals.

Salzburg handed Bayern test

Bayern, like Liverpool, were perfect in the group stage and they now take on RB Salzburg, who are the first Austrian team to reach this stage of the Champions League.

The Bavarians are currently on a five-game winning streak across all competitions, a run that has seen them open up a six-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga, and they are 12121/1 to be crowned European champions for the seventh time.

Salzburg booked their place in the last-16 by finishing second in Group G and they can be backed at 7/1 to pick up a win on home soil in the first leg, while the draw is priced at 4/1.

Past glories revisited

Benfica, winners of the European Cup in 1961 and 1962, ended up above Barcelona to reach this stage of the tournament and they have been rewarded with a tie against Ajax.

The Dutch outfit won all six of their group games, matching the feat of Bayern and Liverpool and de Godenzonen are 12121/1 to win the Champions League for the first time since 1995.

Ajax are undefeated in the two previous competitive fixtures against Benfica, triumphing 1-0 in 2018 before drawing 1-1 in Portugal.

Old Lady aim to sink the Yellow Submarine

The final last-16 tie will see Villarreal take on Juventus, who pipped Chelsea to top spot in Group H to earn a seeded place in the draw.

After a difficult start to the campaign, the Old Lady are starting to find some rhythm under Massimiliano Allegri and they are 12121/1 to win the tournament.

As for Villarreal, they were second behind Manchester United in Group F and this will be their first competitive meeting with Juventus, who did prevail 4-1 in a friendly back in 2009.

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