Champions League last 16 fixtures: Liverpool face Atletico Madrid (Video)
Champions League draw: Teams discover their fate in the last 16
Liverpool will return to the scene of their 2019 Champions League triumph after they were drawn against Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the competition on Monday.
The two-legged tie at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano, where Jurgen Klopp’s men lifted the trophy in June, and Anfield will be one of the highlights as well as Real Madrid’s clash with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, who are trying to win the European crown for the first time.
It is certainly one of the trickier ties Jurgen Klopp’s side could have expected in the last 16, though Atletico has struggled both domestically and in Europe this season.
While its defense remains almost as tight as ever, goals have been particularly hard to come by since Antoine Griezmann’s departure in the summer.
Only five teams in La Liga (five of the current bottom six) have a worse goalscoring record than Diego Simeone’s side.
Chelsea will be involved in another heavyweight tie, as they face German giants Bayern Munich, and Tottenham – the beaten finalists from 2019 – must try and overcome RB Leipzig.
Barcelona have regularly expressed a desire to get back on top of the podium in European competition and continue their adventure against Napoli.
Paris Saint-Germain, with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe leading the charge, will take in a tough test against Borussia Dortmund.
Cristiano Ronaldo, as the competition’s all-time leading goalscorer, can add to his stunning collection of continental efforts in a meeting with Lyon, while Atalanta’s clash with Valencia completes the first knockout stage.
Liverpool claimed the sixth European Cup success of their illustrious history last season and are once again looking to complement a Premier League title bid with another continental charge.
Their memorable triumph over Spurs back on June 1 came at Wanda Metropolitano, and Jurgen Klopp’s side will be heading back to that venue when taking on Atletico Madrid.
Manchester City, who are looking for a first continental success, are also set to pay a visit to the Spanish capital.
Pep Guardiola’s men face the most unenviable of tests against 13-time winners Real Madrid, who find themselves in this position after finishing as runners-up in their group.
Chelsea are set to take in a reunion with Bayern Munich, having overcome them to claim the Champions League crown back in 2012, while Tottenham – with two-time winner Jose Mourinho now calling the shots – complete the English contingent and also face Bundesliga opposition in the form of RB Leipzig.
Lionel Messi and Co are determined to take a famous trophy back to Camp Nou, and the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will want to be at his talismanic best when taking on a dangerous Napoli side.
Ronaldo has previously added to his medal collection in this competition with Manchester United and Real Madrid, with Juventus’ next step in a bid to end their barren run in the Champions League seeing them tackle French foes in the form of Lyon.
PSG boast plenty of world-class winners within their squad and will want to see potential turned into something more tangible, starting against Borussia Dortmund in the last 16.
Elsewhere, surprise package Atalanta – who are gracing this stage for the first time – will have their sights set on another prized scalp when they lock horns with Valencia.
The first legs in a series of eagerly-anticipated encounters will take place on February 18/19 and 25/26.
The return dates are due to be held on March 10/11 and 17/18.
Full draw for the Champions League last 16 made on Monday:
Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Real Madrid (ESP) v Manchester City (ENG)
Atalanta (ITA) v Valencia (ESP)
Atletico Madrid (ESP) v Liverpool (ENG)
Chelsea (ENG) v Bayern Munich (GER)
Lyon (FRA) v Juventus (ITA)
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) v Leipzig (GER)
Napoli (ITA) v Barcelona (ESP)
— First legs to be played on February 18/19/25/26
— Second legs scheduled for March 10/11/17/18
Last-16 first legs
18 February: Borussia Dortmund v Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid v Liverpool
19 February: Atalanta v Valencia, Tottenham v RB Leipzig
25 February: Chelsea v Bayern Munich, Napoli v Barcelona
26 February: Real Madrid v Manchester City, Lyon v Juventus
Last-16 second legs
10 March: Valencia v Atalanta, RB Leipzig v Tottenham
11 March: Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool v Atletico Madrid
17 March: Manchester City v Real Madrid, Juventus v Lyon
18 March: Bayern Munich v Chelsea, Barcelona v Napoli
20 March: Quarter-finals and semi-finals draw
7, 8 April: Quarter-finals first leg
14, 15 April: Quarter-finals second leg
28, 29 April: Semi-finals first leg
5, 6 May: Semi-finals second leg
30 May: Final
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