Defending champions Liverpool remain among the favourites for the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League after they drew Atletico Madrid in Monday’s last-16 draw.
Manchester City are the leaders in the betting alongside Liverpool, but they have been pitted against Real Madrid in the first knockout round, which was among the toughest challenges Pep Guardiola’s side could have asked for.
Barcelona, meanwhile, have been drawn against Napoli, Juventus are facing Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain have a tough test against Borussia Dortmund.
Here is the draw in full:
Borussia Dortmund vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid vs. Manchester City
Atalanta vs. Valencia
Atletico Madrid vs. Liverpool
Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich
Tottenham Hotspur vs. RB Leipzig
Napoli vs. Barcelona
Tournament Odds (via Caesars)
Man City +350
Bayern Munich +700
Real Madrid +1500
Atletico Madrid +3000
RB Leipzig +3500
Borussia Dortmund +5000
Liverpool’s 2019-20 domestic campaign has been remarkable. They are top of the Premier League by 10 points and look well set to secure a first English league title in 30 years after winning 16 of their opening 17 games of the season:
Atleti are unlikely to make things easy for Liverpool. Diego Simeone’s sides know how to win in knockout football, and they have the defensive solidity to frustrate even the Reds’ superlative trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool’s form in the Premier League has left City effectively playing for second place domestically this term, and their main focus will surely be on the Champions League.
It is a trophy Guardiola has won twice as a manager, but the last time was in 2010-11 with Barcelona.
As City boss, he has only ever made it as far as the quarter-finals, and a last-16 exit is now a genuine possibility given Zinedine Zidane’s remarkable record in the Champions League:
Thomas Tuchel was unable to break PSG’s dreadful run in the Champions League last season.
They were knocked out for a third consecutive time at the last-16 stage in 2018-19, losing to Manchester United after a humiliating reverse at the Parc des Princes.
Now the 46-year-old will have to return to his former club in the hope of finally engineering a decent run in the knockout stages after a fine group campaign.
Dortmund have only met PSG previously in European competition in the 2010-11 UEFA Europa League, when both their group games ended in draws.