PSG is matched against Real Madrid, whereas Chelsea will face Barcelona
We have watched great games in Uefa Champions League history, but we haven’t seen draws like 2017/18 last 16 draws. The European competition is in its early stage and there are 16 teams left fighting for the elite trophy. And, the last 16 draw is an evenly matched draw giving an equal opportunity to each club fighting for their foot forward in the tournament.
PSG vs Real Madrid, Chelsea vs Barcelona, Basel vs Man City, Sevilla vs ManU, Porto vs Liverpool, Bayern Munich vs Besiktas, Juventus vs Tottenham, and Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma will entertain the Champions League fans around the world at last 16 stage.
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Each fixture is a competitive fixture and none of them can be taken lightly. Only Bayern Munich seems to be in advantageous position against the Turkish side Besiktas, otherwise it’s an even draw.
PSG vs Real Madrid will grab the headlines as two of the tournament favourites will face each other, and one of them journey will end there. PSG – the record goal scorer in group stage will be up against the two time running champion. Twelve time champion Real will be favourite against the Parisians, but Parc des Princes giant cannot be underestimated. They have big names in Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, etc. and they can beat any side on their day.
Chelsea vs Barcelona is a good match. Both sides have met previously in later stages of the competition and it drew attention. Spanish giant Barcelona were victorious in 2008/09 season semifinal with famous Andres Iniesta’s goal, then Chelsea had luck in 2011/12 season. Once again both sides have got the opportunity to compete against each another and prove their supremacy.
Manchester City is trying their luck to clinch Uefa Champions League from last few seasons. They are a good match against FC Basel for last 16 draw. No one would like to see Citizens getting eliminated at this stage and draw against Basel probably will confirm their berth in last eight.
Sevilla vs Manchester United draw makes an even draw as well. The five time Europa League winner Sevilla will be up against the reigning champion Manchester United. Both of the Europe’s second tier clubs have got their promotion back in Champions League and it’s time to put their foot forward in later stages.
Porto vs Liverpool can be considered as a good draw. The Portuguese club will be up against the five time European champion Liverpool. Reds haven’t had success in the competition in recent times, but they have the experience in the tournament which makes them a formidable side in Europe.
Bayern Munich vs Besiktas don’t match up to the standards of other last 16 fixtures, but Champions League always present surprises. Besiktas could turn the tie in their favour if Bavarians take them lightly.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma presents a good match for both sides to leap forward in the tournament. One of them journey will end here, but the team going forward will challenge tough teams in last eight.
This season last 16 draw will make up for the tough draws which have taken place at later stages in the earlier seasons. We may see teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG or Chelsea to be eliminated at this stage and it will make the Champions League later stages less competitive and entertaining.