Lowdown on the Champions League draw
Manchester City and Schalke grabbed the final spots on offer in the knockout stage of the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday night, ahead of the draw for the last 16 on Monday.
The big three
The draw is dominated by Europe’s three biggest leagues as teams from Germany (4), Spain (3) and England (3) make up 10 of the 16 qualifiers. City, pictured, along with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, will be the sides that most group winners want to avoid after advancing for the second straight season, thanks to wins over Bayern and Roma in their last two games.
Problem for PSG
Barcelona came from behind to beat PSG 3-1 on Wednesday and leapfrog them to the top of Group F. Barcelona have won their group for eight straight years, while PSG suffered their first loss in their 23rd game of the season. PSG now have to worry about being draw against Real Madrid, Chelsea or Bayern Munich.
How does it work?
The draw will take place at 3pm (UAE time) on Monday in the Swiss city of Nyon. The teams are split between two pots – group winners and runners-up – and no teams that progressed from the same group or are from the same country can be drawn against each other.
When is the next round?
Games take place during the days of February 17/18 and 25/26. The final this season will take place at Berlin’s Olympiastadion on June 6.
Pot 1 Atletico Madrid (ESP), Real Madrid (ESP), Monaco (FRA), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Bayern Munich (GER), Barcelona (ESP), Chelsea (ENG), Porto (POR).
Pot 2 Juventus (ITA), Basel (SUI), Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Arsenal (ENG), Manchester City (ENG), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Schalke (GER), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR).
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Published: December 14, 2014 04:00 AM