Barcelona will face Paris Saint-Germain and former striker Neymar while title holder Bayern Munich are against Lazio of Italy in the final 16 of the Champions League after UEFA drew on Monday.
Lionel Messi and Barsa’s clash with last year’s runners-up PSG is a repeat of their remarkable meeting at the same stage in 2017 when Barsa suffered a 4–0 first leg defeat to defeat the French club 6–1 in Spain. did.
Bayern will start as favorites in their tie but remain wary of Simone Inzagi’s Lazio team that reached this stage for the first time in 20 years.
“Lario is an uneasy opponent, you saw that in the group,” said Bayern Sports director Hassan Salihidmazic. “It is always uncomfortable against Italian teams.”
Premier League champions Liverpool will play from last year’s semifinalist RB Leipzig, who will play a match-up between the country’s biggest coach, Liverpool’s Jerjen Klopp, among Germany’s most highly rated youth coaches, Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last ten matches against German teams in all European competitions, with one run going back to 2002.
Real Madrid face Serie A club Atalanta while Atletico Madrid will face Chelsea and Manchester City against Borussia Moenchengladbach, who are in the final 16 for the first time in the Champions League round.
Italian champions Juventus will face Porto, a game where Cristiano Ronaldo returns to his homeland Portugal.
There will be a two-leg game from 16 February.
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