Champions League draw: Barcelona faces Paris Saint-Germain in pick of round of 16 ties
December 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
After six thrilling match days, the Champions League group stages are over and we now look forward to the knockout stages of Europe's most prestigious competition.
(CNN)After six thrilling match days, the Champions League group stages are over and we now look forward to the knockout stages of Europe's most prestigious competition.
Defending champion Bayern Munich is undoubtedly the overwhelming favorite to once again lift the trophy, though -- as we've seen around the European domestic leagues -- this season is likely to throw up more than one surprise.
The Champions League had provided some respite for Barca, which won its opening five group stage games.
However, a heavy 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the final match day meant Barca became the first team in Champions League history to win its opening five matches and not finish top of the group.
PSG now faces an anxious wait to find out the extent of the damage and whether Neymar will be fit in time to face his former club when the Champions League resumes in February.
Conversely, Atletico has struggled to find form in the Champions League and needed to avoid defeat against RB Salzburg in the final group stage game to guarantee a place in the last 16.
Bayern, like most of the teams in the knockout stages, has struggled to find domestic consistency in recent weeks -- in fact, none of the 16 teams remaining in the Champions League are currently top of their respective leagues.
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