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Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson predict the CL last 16 including Man City vs. Real and Atletico vs. Liverpool.

Real Madrid will play Manchester City in the Champions League round of 16, and holders Liverpool will face Atletico Madrid.

The draw in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday brought up some fascinating ties, with the heavyweight clashes between England’s and Madrid’s top clubs arguably the pick of the bunch.

Jurgen Klopp’s men, who beat Tottenham 2-0 in the final last season to lift the trophy for a sixth time, will return to the Wanda Metropolitano to face Atleti, while Pep Guardiola’s City face a tough test against 13-time winners Real Madrid.

City, who will be at home in the second leg, have yet to beat the Spanish side, with two draws and two defeats in their previous four meetings.

However, Guardiola has a much more encouraging record with nine wins, four draws and four defeats in 17 meetings as coach of Barcelona and then Bayern Munich.

“It’s a difficult one,” said Manchester City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain. “Real Madrid are the best. We want to be the best, so we have to try and beat them. It’s always a pleasure to play against Real Madrid. We know them very well. They know our manager.”

Chelsea will meet Bayern Munich in a repeat of the 2012 final, when Blues boss Frank Lampard lifted the trophy as captain. Borussia Dortmund will face Paris Saint-Germain, with PSG manager Thomas Tuchel returning to face his former club.

Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern’s sporting director, said: “Chelsea have done very well with their young players. It’s an attractive tie. We accept the challenge, of course, and want to go through.”

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer added: “We’re excited to go to London; we have some good memories there. Chelsea are dangerous team. We need to take them seriously and with focus. Of course, we want to go through to the next round.”

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CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke called Dortmund’s clash with PSG “50-50,” while the Ligue 1 side’s sporting director, Leonardo, told RMC: “It is always difficult. If it had been another team, my speech may well have been the same as it is now. In the latter stages of the Champions League, you can come up against anybody — teams that are always difficult. Borussia are a side that plays. True, though, the scenario is a good one. We have the coach who knows the atmosphere and the team well. It will be special for him.”

Lyon face Juventus, while Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham were drawn against Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig. Elsewhere, debutants Atalanta will meet Valencia and Napoli will play Barcelona.

“It’s a tough draw. There will be a great atmosphere at their stadium for the first leg. You never know how the two teams will be when the games come around,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said.

“There will be a fierce atmosphere at a stadium where the fans are right on top of you. We’re used to playing in these atmospheres and it will be nice to see everything that’s generated around this game in Naples.”

Atalanta’s place in the knockout round is a surprise in itself, with the Serie A side going through after failing to win any of their opening four matches in the group stage.

For the first time in Champions League history, all 16 teams in the knockout stages are from the top five ranked leagues in Europe: England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France.

The first legs will be played on Feb. 18 and 19 and Feb. 25 and 26, with the return legs on March 10 and 11 and March 17 and 18.

The final is on May 30 in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Full Draw

Borussia Dortmund vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid vs. Manchester City
Atalanta vs. Valencia
Atletico Madrid vs. Liverpool
Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich
Lyon vs. Juventus
Tottenham vs. RB Leipzig
Napoli vs. Barcelona


Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

Borussia Dortmund vs. PSG

Atletico Madrid vs. Liverpool

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Atalanta vs. Valencia

Tottenham vs. RB Leipzig

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Napoli vs. Barcelona

Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Real Madrid vs. Manchester City

Lyon vs. Juventus

Tuesday, March 10

Valencia vs. Atalanta

RB Leipzig vs. Tottenham

Wednesday, March 11

PSG vs. Borussia Dortmund

Liverpool vs. Atletico Madrid

Tuesday, March 17

Manchester City vs. Real Madrid

Juventus vs. Lyon

Wednesday, March 18

Barcelona vs. Napoli

Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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