The group stages of the Champions League came to a close in dramatic fashion. All four English teams made it successfully into the knockout stages, although Liverpool and Tottenham will still be reeling at how their fate came down to the wire.
Juventus’ defeat at the hands of Young Boys could have gifted Jose Mourinho’s men the top spot in the group, but Valencia got the better of them.
With the Round of 16 draw set for Monday, let us have a look at all the possible matches that these sides could be involved in.
The rules governing the draw dictates that none of these sides can face each other, being of the same league, nor can they face the winners of their own group (or in the case of Manchester City, the runner-ups).
As of such, Pep Guardiola’s men have the smallest lot of clubs whom they can face, with Atletico Madrid, Schalke, Ajax, and Roma being the potential opponents of the Sky Blues.
As for the rest of the clubs, the net is a bit wider. All three of them can face Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, or Porto.
Liverpool will be spared from PSG, while United won’t face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus. However, a date with Spurs’ group winners, FC Barcelona, is in the fortunes of the Reds as well as the Red Devils.
None will wish to face Real Madrid, and nearly all of them will be keen on landing Porto. Bayern too, could be an intimidating opponent, although the German side certainly has seen better days.
An interesting permutation of fixtures could await us all, and it is a pity that it will be quite some time before these giants clash again.