PSG will face Real Sociedad in the round of 16 of the Champions League, while the draw has reserved several tantalizing shocks.
The draw for the round of 16 of the Champions League took place this afternoon. Nyon, at the UEFA headquarters in Switzerland. Paris Saint-Germain, the only French club still in the running, benefited from the victory. of a very lenient draw, falling on the only leading team in the series which is not a European cador: Real Sociedad. The Basques return to the round of 16 of the Champions League after twenty years of absence.
Obviously, coming across Real Sociedad is a relief for the Parisians, who could have inherited Manchester City, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid for example. But Real Sociedad remained undefeated in the group stage, finishing at the top of a very tough group. with Inter Milan, Benfica Lisbon and RB Salzburg. Coached by Imanol Alguacil, the Txuri-Urdin are currently 6th in Liga but are gaining momentum and displaying an ambitious and offensive game. The Basque team has no shortage of talent in midfield and attack: Mikel Merino, Takefusa Kubo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Martin Zubimendi… Their latest My career in the eighths of C1 dates back to 2003, and it was already that time. against a French club: Olympique Lyonnais. The Rhodaniens had won. twice with a score of 1-0. Real Sociedad's best result in the competition is a semi-final, in 1982-1983.
The favorites spared, a shock Atlético – Inter Milan
The three favorites announced for this Champions League were instead entitled to the title. a favorable draw. Manchester City, reigning champion, will face Copenhagen in a seemingly unbalanced game, even if the Danes came out of a tough group , ahead of Galatasaray and Manchester United. Real Madrid will have a tough and accustomed opponent; of this Champions League, with RB Leipzig who finished second behind Manchester City, but ahead of the more modest formations of the Young Boys of Bern and the Red Star of Belgrade. Finally, Bayern Munich will play against Lazio Rome, who eliminated Feyenoord and Celtic Glasgow, but which is only 11th in Serie A this season.
The biggest shock of this draw seems to be the Atlético Madrid – Inter Milan poster. Inter were, with PSG, the only candidate for the title who had not finished at the top of their Champions League group. The Rossoneri are first in Serie A, while Diego Simeone's men are fourth in La Liga but undefeated in C1, led by a great Antoine Griezmann since the start of the season.
Arsenal return, Barça against Naples
FC Barcelona inherited of a full-bodied print with SSC Napoli. An opportunity to remember, once again, the good memories of Diego Maradona. The two clubs of the Argentine genius have already met. found several times in recent years: in the round of 16 of the 2020 Champions League, with a victory for FC Barcelona (1-1, 3- 1), and in the 2022 Europa League play-off, where ù the Blaugranas also took the upper hand in the return match, à outside this time (1-1, 2-4).
FC Porto, qualified for the 6th time in 8 years in the round of 16, will face Arsenal, who are making their return to the 8th after seven years of absence. The last time, in 2016-2017, the Gunners were defeated. taken out by a merciless Bayern, who had swept them 5-1 à Finally, the last poster of these round of 16 will see Borussia Dortmund, who beat Borussia Dortmund, face each other. PSG in Pool F, and PSV Eindhoven, which could be one of the surprises of this Champions League. Peter Bosz's men won the match their sixteen league matches this season and finished ahead of RC Lens and FC S&eac;ville in the group stage.
Here is the list of all the round of 16 matches in this Champions League:
FC Porto – Arsenal
Napoli – FC Barcelona
Real Sociedad – PSG
PSV – Borussia Dortmund
Inter Milan – Atletico de Madrid
Lazio Roma – Bayern Munich
FC Copenhagen – Manchester City
RB Leipzig – Real Madrid
The schedule for these eighth finals
The first group will play the return match à home, the teams that finished second will play they the first leg à residence. For example, PSG will host first at the Parc des Princes, before traveling for the return match. The first legs of these round of 16 matches will be played on February 13, 14, 20 and 21. The return matches will take place on March 5, 6, 12 and 13, 2024. The PSG – Real Sociedad match at the Parc des Princes will therefore take place on 13, 14, 20 or 21 ;nbsp;February.