The group stage of of the UEFA Champions League is over and now the main European competition will move to a live or die stage, definitely the most exciting part. So, let’s have a look at who made it and when we can enjoy again those do-or-die football matches.
The best 16 football teams of Europe are ready for the draw on 14 December. Next Monday at 11am UK time in Nyon, Switzerland, UEFA will hold the draw to match-up the games of the first knock-out round of Champion League. The 8 teams which qualified as first in their respective groups will be considered “seeded teams” and will have the privilege of playing away the first match of the round of 16. Those teams are: Bayern, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid.
The other pot will contain, obviously, the teams qualified as second which are: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Atalanta, Sevilla, Lazio, Barcelona, RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach. The most representative countries are England and Germany with 4 teams each followed by Italy and Spain with 3 teams. Porto and PSG complete the picture with Portugal and France. The first legs of the matches will be played on 16/17/23/24 February, while the second legs of the matches will take place on 9/10/16/17 March. Our sincere hope is to have stadium with some supporters since the covid-19 vaccination program should have been partially implemented by then. Those empty stadiums are just creepy and disturbing.
We are proud to remind that we only miss one team in our predictions. In fact, Borussia Monchengladbach managed to qualify in the Group B “stealing” the spot from Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan. We thought Inter Milan could make it to a further stage, but we were wrong. In any event, that was not easy to foresee. It is definitely too early to make further predictions but we believe this could be a very surprising Champions League with an unexpected winner. Stay tuned for more.