The curtain for the group stage of the Champions League it closes and on the European stage they have remained standing two very different wings.
On the side of the first of the group: All the problems. 29 European Cups are among these. To the other, in the the seconds, those who, on paper, should not be so. At least when compared to the others. Together they add 7 Champions -five of them from FC Barcelona.
BASS DRUM 1: Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Chelsea, PSG, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
BASS DRUM 2: Barça, Atlético de Madrid, Seville, Lazio, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Porto.
And with one of those difficulties, Barça will be matched, in addition to Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla. Except for Madrid, because it should be remembered that teams from the same country cannot yet face each other in this first knockout phase.
FC Barcelona (Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, PSG, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund)
The azulgrana team has complicated life too much. They received Juventus on Tuesday with the margin of being able to lose by 0-2 to be first in the group and they ended up conceding a third that condemned them to go back on stage next February against one of those dance couples that nobody wants. Of those already mentioned in the hype of the champions, the only one that would be avoided by the team led by Ronald Koeman is Juve and Madrid themselves.
Real Madrid (Lazio, RB Leipzig, Atalanta and Porto)
It seems that Zidane’s team is made to perform under pressure. The whites did their homework and despite a very convulsive first phase, with two defeats against Shaktar, and with the possibility until yesterday of even staying out of the round of 16, they will be in Monday’s draw as first. First time that the French technician achieves it leading the group.
Atlético de Madrid (Manchester City, Juventus, Chelsea, PSG, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund)
The colchoneros had more assumed that if they qualified for the eighth, something that was in doubt until last night, they would do it as seconds. Simeone’s men were condemned to succumb to the power of the current European champions, Bayern, and look with different eyes at their classification as second. Seventh time out of eight that Cholo has tried. In the other that they did not, they ended up winning the Europa League.
Sevilla (Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund)
The Nervión team is another one that has a bittersweet taste left after these first six games of the continental competition. Sweet for being among the 16 best in Europe, but sour for having missed the opportunity to fight Chelsea for the lead after a match at Sánchez Pizjuán, last week, with a lineup of many rotations.
Schedule and TV of the draw
The round of 16 draw of the UEFA Champions League will take place in Nyon (Switzerland) next Monday, December 14 at 12:00 Spanish peninsular time. It can be followed through Movistar Liga de Campeones (dial 50 from Movistar), Orange TV (channel 114 and 115 UHD), Esport3 and Uefa.tv.