Date: 12th December 2016 at 11:21am
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The eagerly awaited Champions League draw has been made, in Nyon, with the last 16 ties known.

Having won their groups Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Leicester, Monaco and Napoli all had the so-called advantage of being able to draw a runner up.

Those, including holders Real Madrid, were Bayern Munich, Benfica, Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain, Porto and Sevilla.

As per the UEFA rules no team from the same association (country) could meet at this stage. Teams from the same qualification group couldn’t be paired either. The definite(?) advantage to the group winner came with the second leg being played away from home.

How favourable winning the group has proven to be for some following this draw is open to interpretation! However, this has been made and it is what it is.

Last 16 draw in full in full.

Manchester City v Monaco
Real Madrid v Napoli
Benfica v Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich v Arsenal
Porto v Juventus
Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid
Paris Saint Germain v Barcelona
Sevilla v Leicester

As mentioned holders Madrid and multi time winners Bayern were runners up and would have been one most clubs wanted to avoid. They’ll face Napoli and Arsenal, respectively. The New Year will determine if winning the group was in fact an ‘advantage.’

These ties will be played over two legs, the first on 14th/15th and 21st/22nd February 2017. The second legs will come three weeks later on 7th/8th and 14th/15th March 2017.

Well, what do you think of this draw?

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