Champions League Round of 16 Draw: Inter vs Liverpool, PSG vs Real Madrid
In an unprecedented turn of events, UEFA was forced to repeat a round of 16 draw after several mistakes in the original procedure. The initial draw was super interesting as destiny decided that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo should play against each other in PSG vs. Manchester United duel. So what happened there? Teams from the same group and country were not permitted to face one another, but computer software glitch made that happen. After several teams complained, UEFA decided to re-done the draw, and here are the final results.
Official draw #UCL
Paris Saint Germain-Real Madrid
RB Salzburg-FC Bayern
Sporting CP-Manchester City
Atletico Madrid-Manchester United
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 13, 2021
Which Teams are Not Happy?
People inside and outside the club rubbed their hands, satisfied at the Santiago Bernabeu after the first draw that sent Benfica to them in the round of 16, and now they are probably pulling their hair out. Instead of Pizzi, Yaremchuk, and Silva, the „Kings“ will be threatened by Mbappe, Messi, and Neymar. However, Modrić and the company know that if you want to be the best, you have to win against the best on that path.
Inter is not too happy with the repeated draw, either. Admittedly, Ajax is playing in excellent form, but it is clear who they would prefer if they could choose between them and Liverpool.
Bayern, who were supposed to play against Atletico Madrid, which knocked them out in the semi-finals five years ago, can be pretty satisfied. The Bavarians will play against Salzburg, which should not be too difficult for the biggest contender for the title.
Atletico complained when they pulled out Bayern in the first round, and now they got Manchester United. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Madrid, where he had spent so many years for the game against his ex arch-rivals.
Cristiano Ronaldo 🆚 Atlético 🔜
🔮 What will happen this time?#UCLdraw | #UCL https://t.co/2PecjRs8M3 pic.twitter.com/YZtRPVeUY4
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 14, 2021
Are There Satisfied Teams?
The only pair that the balls put together in both, the first and repeated draw, is Chelsea – Lille. Manchester City originally drew Villarreal, who will play against Juventus, while the ‘Citizens’ will be playing against Sporting.
The first matches will be played in February, while the return matches will be played three weeks later, in the middle of March, while first ranked teams in groups will play their return matches at home. The playtime at 18.45 goes into oblivion until next season, because all matches from now on will be played from 9 pm. Also, the away goal rule is no longer valid, so the teams will go into overtime after 180 minutes in case of a tie.