Real Madrid attracts Liverpool within the Champions League last-16 stage



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

Los Blancos beat Liverpool 1-0 in Paris in Might to win their 14th European Cup.

The 2022 last was overshadowed by chaos exterior the stadium and there was widespread criticism in the direction of the therapy of followers by the hands of the French authorities deployed for the sport in Might.

Monday’s draw additionally pitted Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich in opposition to one another.

The Parisians completed second of their group behind Benfica after the ultimate matchday and should now face the staff that beat them in PSG’s solely ever last look in 2020.

Elsewhere Antonio Conte will return to Italy to face AC Milan along with his Tottenham Hotspur facet whereas Chelsea will tackle Borussia Dortmund.

Pep Guardiola will proceed his pursuit of the Champions League trophy that has eluded him for 11 years as his Manchester Metropolis facet face off in opposition to German’s RB Leipzig.

The draw is prone to please Real Madrid President Florentino Perez who just lately complained about how sometimes prime groups in soccer face one another and stated midweek European competitors ought to supply followers matches between “the strongest teams and with the best players in the world” all year long.

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

The last time Liverpool beat Real Madrid Fernando Torres and Steven Gerard were in their pomp.

If Real and Liverpool will play for a tenth time in 2023, the 2 groups have met twice within the last of the competitors within the final 5 seasons with the Spanish facet popping out on prime each occasions.

Real additionally beat Liverpool over two legs within the 2020/21 season as properly and haven’t misplaced a match to the Reds of their earlier six conferences.
That final victory got here within the spherical of 16 on a well-known night time at Anfield in in 2009 when Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres impressed the house facet to a 4-0 win.

Real can be favorites to succeed in the quarterfinals given’s Liverpool’s stuttering begin to the season – Jurgen Klopp’s staff is properly off the tempo within the Premier League title race – whereas the European Cup holder has received their Champions League group with ease and is already in management in La Liga.

The primary legs are scheduled for 14/15/21/22 February, with the second legs on 7/8/14/15 March.

Champions League last-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

Membership Brugge vs Benfica

RB Leipzig vs Manchester Metropolis