Champions League: Last 16 fixtures
UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw
The draw for the Champions League Last 16 round took place with some great match-ups lined up that football fans will not want to miss. Two seeding pots were formed: one consisting of Champions League Group Stage winners and the other of runners-up. No club could play a team from their group or any side from their own association. So no England Premier League side will play another. As a result, Juve faces Spurs, Manchester City fights Basel, Liverpool play Porto, Chelsea fight Barca, and Manchester United compete with Sevilla. Arch-rivals Manchester City and Manchester United may, however, clash in the next round if they win their ties. The two giant clubs met in a Manchester Derby last weekend with City defeating United. City and United were involved in a post-derby fracas after Sunday's encounter. Jose Mourinho believes that a difference of opinion led to the ugly scenes that followed the Manchester Derby on Saturday, but would not respond to Pep Guardiola’s admission that he supports Man City’s large celebrations at Old Trafford. A melee in the players’ tunnel shortly after the match stemmed from City celebrating their 2-1 victory against United with loud music inside their dressing room. It’s believed that Mourinho went to the away dressing room to express his unhappiness with the celebrations, which he felt were not appropriate. Next players and staff from both teams became involved in a scuffle. City assistant manager Mikel Arteta ended up with a cut near his right eye and Mourinho was reportedly drenched in milk from the carton that was thrown at him. However, after Guardiola expressed his belief that City were right to celebrate in the manner that they did given the importance of the win. Man City now have an 11-point lead in first place on the Premier League table. Mourinho refused to comment on his rival’s words, saying the disagreement came from a “diversity” of opinion.
“The only thing I can say is that for me it was just a question of diversity, a diversity in behaviors, diversity in education, just that and nothing more than that,” Mourinho said ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Bournemouth. “Nobody likes to lose once, nobody likes to lose twice. I think that’s something every team in the world feels. When you lose a match, in the next one you have that little bit extra to give.” Guardiola held his press conference just a few minutes before Mourinho, in which he confirmed that City have already given their evidence to the Football Association for their investigation into the matter. He, like Mourinho, would not elaborate on any of the details behind the saga. “We were inside the changing room, it is normal,” Guardiola said. “We didn’t do anything exceptional, we did what we did in the past and what we will do in the future. The image can speak for itself. What happened after the game, it was a normal celebration. I am the guy who encouraged them to celebrate between each other. And that is what we did. And after what happened, hopefully, it cannot happen again. People talk, people talk. The game was good, we played our way and we could have scored more goals. In the end, they could have drawn, they could've won.”
Man United will face Spanish side Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. United topped Group A to set up a two-legged tie against Sevilla, with the first tie away from home in Spain at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Wednesday 21 February and the return clash in Manchester, UK at Old Trafford on Tuesday 13 March. Both fixtures kick off at 19:45 GMT. The two clubs have never before met in a competitive fixture. Sevilla won Rio Ferdinand's testimonial match 3-1 at Old Trafford in 2013. United triumphed 3-0 in a home friendly in 2006 with goals from Louis Saha, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Jones. Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo's side came back from 3-0 down at home to draw 3-3 with Group E winners Liverpool earlier in this season's Champions League tournament. Currently 5th in Spanish La Liga, the Andalusian club have been stellar in continental competition, winning a 5 UEFA Cup-Europa League crowns (2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016). Former Manchester City men Jesus Navas and Nolito are part of Sevilla’s current side. The 16 teams are fighting for the right to play in the showpiece final in Kiev next May 2018.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has never scored against Chelsea in eight previous matches, the most he has faced any club without registering. However, Chelsea have won the most in 12 previous meetings with Barcelona, with 4 wins to the Liga side's 3. The Blues were the victors in their most recent clash, edging a 3-2 aggregate victory in the 2011-12 semi-finals. Paris Saint Germain’s tie with holders Real Madrid has special meaning for Ángel Di María, who spent four seasons in the Spanish capital and was man of the match in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final. LiveFootballTickets.com has authentic, legal, Champions League Last 16 tickets for the following fixtures including all five Premier League giant club ties:
Juventus (ITA) v Tottenham Hotspur (ENG): 13 February & 7 March
Basel (SUI) v Manchester City (ENG): 13 February & 7 March
Porto (POR) v Liverpool (ENG): 14 February & 6 March
Real Madrid (ESP, holders) v Paris (FRA): 14 February & 6 March
Chelsea (ENG) v Barcelona (ESP): 20 February & 14 March
Bayern München (GER) v Beşiktaş (TUR): 20 February & 14 March*
Sevilla (ESP) v Manchester United (ENG): 21 February & 13 March
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Roma (ITA): 21 February & 13 March
Chelsea v Barcelona
Matches: 20 February & 14 March: Barca superstar striker Lionel Messi has never registered against Chelsea in eight previous matches, the most he has faced any club without scoring. Chelsea have had the better of 12 previous meetings with Barcelona in UEFA competition, with 4 wins to the Liga side's 3. The Chelsea Blues beat Barça 5-4 on aggregate in the 2004-05 Round of 16 despite Ronaldinho's memorable finish for the Spanish side. Both teams are Team of the Year nominees.
Chelsea manager: Antonio Conte is an Italian professional football manager and former player.
Barcelona manager: Ernesto Valverde Tejedor is a Spanish former footballer who played as a forward. Over the course of ten seasons, he earned Spanish La Liga totals of 264 games and 68 goals.
Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur
Matches: 13 February & 7 March: The sides have never previously met competitively. Erik Lamela faced Juventus five times when he was at Roma, losing three games and winning once. He was sent off once and never scored. Colombian pair Davinson Sánchez and Juan Cuadrado are international team-mates. Both teams are Team of the Year nominees.
Juventus manager: Massimiliano Allegri is an Italian professional football manager and former player. As a football player Allegri was a midfielder who spent his career playing for various Italian clubs.
Tottenham Hotspur manager: Mauricio Roberto Pochettino is an Argentine former footballer who played as a central defender, and is the current manager of England Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
Real Madrid v Paris Saint Germain
Matches: 14 February & 6 March: Both of the teams have met on 6 occasions with 2 wins apiece and are nominated for Team of the Year. Superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo was in Paris to collect his Ballon d'Or last week. Paris forward Ángel Di María won the UEFA Champions League with Madrid in 2014.
Real Madrid manager: Zinedine Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a French retired professional footballer and current manager of Real Madrid. He played as an attacking midfielder for the France national team, Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid.
PSG manager: Unai Emery Etxegoien is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left midfielder, and is the current manager of French club Paris Saint-Germain.
Basel v Manchester City
Matches: 13 February & 7 March: Josep Guardiola's top of the EPL table side and Champions League Team of the Year nominee Manchester City and Basel have never previously met. Basel were paired with City's rivals Manchester United in Group A this season, losing 3-0 at Old Trafford but pulling off a 1-0 win at home.
Basel Manager: Raphaël Wicky is a Swiss football coach and a former player. The current manager of FC Basel, he was a defensive midfielder who could also play in defense and was known for his combative style.
Manchester City tickets: Josep "Pep" Guardiola Sala is a Spanish professional football coach and former player who is the current manager of Manchester City.
Porto v Liverpool
Matches: 14 February & 6 March: Liverpool are unbeaten in four previous meetings, winning at home and drawing away in the 2007-08 group stage and 2000-01 UEFA Cup quarter-finals. Porto scored 5 the last time they faced English opposition, thumping already-qualified Leicester City on Matchday 6 last season. Miguel Layún scored on his only previous trip to Merseyside, registering for Watford in a 2-2 draw with Everton. It was one of only three Premier League appearances for the Mexican footballer.
Porto manager: Sérgio Paulo Marceneiro da Conceição is a former Portuguese footballer who played mostly as a right winger, and is the current manager of FC Porto
Liverpool manager: Jurgen Klopp got his chance to manage in the Premier League when he took over at Liverpool in October 2015. The German arrived at Anfield after taking a short break from football following a successful seven-year term with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Sevilla v Manchester United
Matches: 21 February & 13 March: Team of the Year nominee Manchester United and Spanish La Liga side Sevilla have never previously met in competition. The tie pits together the last two UEFA Europa League winners, last season's victors Manchester United and Sevilla who triumphed a record 3 seasons running between 2013-14 and 2015-16. Sevilla have already visited north-west England this season, earning a 2-2 draw against Liverpool in Group E. The Spanish side recovered from 3-0 down to earn a point in the return last month.
Sevilla manager: Manuel Eduardo Berizzo Magnolo is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a central defender, and is the current coach of Spanish club Sevilla FC.
Manchester United manager: José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, known as José Mourinho, is a Portuguese football manager and former football player. He is the manager of Premier League club Manchester United.
Bayern Munich v Beşiktaş
Matches: 20 February & 14 March: Team of the Year nominee Bayern Munich beat Beşiktaş 2-0 both away and home in the 1997-98 group stage in the teams' only previous meetings. Beşiktaş winger Ricardo Quaresma scored twice in the first ten minutes of Porto’s quarter-final tie against Bayern in April 2015. Super Mario Gomez, a 2013 UEFA Champions League winner with Bayern under Jupp Heynckes, spent a season on loan at Beşiktaş.
Bayern Munich manager: Josef "Jupp" Heynckes is a German retired professional footballer and current manager of Bayern Munich.
Besiktas manager: Şenol Güneş T.C, is a Turkish football manager, former player and the current manager of Beşiktaş.
The Champions League Road to Kyiv
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February: 13-14 & 20-21 Champions League Round of 16, first leg
March: 6-7 & 13-14 Champions League Round of 16, second leg
March: 16 Champions League Quarter-finals draw
April: 3-4 Champions League Quarter-finals, first leg
April: 10-11 Champions League Quarter-finals, second leg
April: 13 Champions League Semi-final and final draw
April: 24-25 Champions League Semi-finals, first leg
May: 1-2 Champions League Semi-finals, second leg
May: 26 Champions League Final (NSK Olimpiyski, Kyiv)