2019-20 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draw in full
On 16th of December, 2019, the draw for the round of 16 fixtures of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League was made at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
The draw was for the 16 first (seeded) and second (unseeded) teams who topped the 8 groups and qualified for this next stage.
The following teams were drawn to face each other, with the seeded teams playing away on the 1st leg:
- Lyon vs Juventus
- Tottenham vs RB Leipzig
- Atalanta vs Valencia
- Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool
- Chelsea vs Bayern Munich
- Borussia Dortmund vs Paris Saint-Germain
- Napoli vs Barcelona
- Real Madrid vs Manchester City
Without much doubt, the Real Madrid vs Manchester City clash seems to be the biggest and most intriguing of the 8 clashes with two teams who had in previous seasons been said to have been given relatively easy draws have seen this season's draw put them on opposing sides.
With Manchester City seeking European glory to truly include them as one of the world's best teams and Real Madrid seeking to once more reach glorious heights with the same man who coached them to an unprecedented 3 Champions League titles on the spin, this definitely promises a high-octane encounter.
Arguably the next best clash sees Jurgen Klopp's league-unbeaten Reds travel to the Wanda Metropolitano to face Diego Simeone's Atletico for the first leg.
With one of World club football's most potent attacks and one of the meanest defence going against each other, this is another fixture to relish.
Another high-profile clash sees a Barcelona team on the hunt for their first European title since 2015 take on a Napoli side, which have had an up-and-down season so far. With pressure increasing on Ernesto Valverde from the fans, he would be desperate to get the better of the newly-appointed Gennaro Gattuso.
Another intriguing clash sees Die Schwarzgelben play host to the boys from Paris. Football fans would be undecided on which of these two well experienced Champions league teams would come out on top. Both sides have a plethora of high quality players and will no doubt provide two great games of football.
An equally excitement-promising clash features Frank Lampard's young Blues go against the highest goalscoring team of the Champions League group stages. It would be hard for the Blues to sneak past a free goalscoring rampant Bayern team without a current permanent manager, but they could just do it.
Juventus could be said to have been given a fairly easy tie against Lyon. But Les Gones are no pushover as their qualification for this round proves. Juventus, buoyed by their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo would still have work to do if they're to see off their no-doubt worthy challengers.
Next up, Jose Mourinho's resurgent up and firing Tottenham side face a vibrant Leipzig side coached by one of the best young managers in Julian Nagelsmann. Will Mourinho show his excellence in knockout competitions or will the tactical nous of the press' "baby Mourinho" prevail?
And lastly, two teams no one really expected much from, Atalanta and Valencia. They've both made it to this stage and it would be fascinating to see which of these teams would pull above their weight.
This year's draw just like every other promises high quality, entertaining football and the draw for the quarterfinals on March 20, 2020 awaits those, who would come out victorious from this round's battles. Good luck to all the teams, and only the teams and may the best teams qualify.