Real Madrid drew Liverpool within the Champions League round-of-16 stage on Monday in a rematch of final season’s ultimate.
Los Blancos beat Liverpool 1-0 in Paris in May to win their 14th European Cup.
The 2022 ultimate was overshadowed by chaos outdoors the stadium and there was widespread criticism in direction of the remedy of followers by the hands of the French authorities deployed for the sport in May.
Monday’s draw additionally pitted Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich towards one another.
The Parisians completed second of their group behind Benfica after the ultimate matchday and should now face the workforce that beat them in PSG’s solely ever ultimate 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 City facet face off towards German’s RB Leipzig.
The draw is prone to please Real Madrid President Florentino Perez who just lately complained about how occasionally high 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.”
If Real and Liverpool will play for a tenth time in 2023, the 2 groups have met twice within the ultimate of the competitors within the final 5 seasons with the Spanish facet popping out on high 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 will probably be favorites to succeed in the quarterfinals given’s Liverpool’s stuttering begin to the season – Jurgen Klopp’s workforce 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 first 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
Club Brugge vs Benfica
RB Leipzig vs Manchester City