Nyon (AP) – Who will be the opponent in the Champions League round of 16? Defending champion FC Bayern and the other three German representatives curiously watch the draw at noon (noon) at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon.
Just like in 2014, all four German starters are in the eighth finals of Europe’s best football class. “You can say that we have improved enormously in quality in Germany and the Bundesliga,” said Bayern coach Hansi Flick, who did not mention an opponent. “I can’t change it.”
The first stages in the top football class will take place on 15/16. and 23./24. February, the return leg on 9/10. and 16./17. March. Just like Borussia Dortmund, Munich has house rights in the deciding match. Borussia Mönchengladbach and RB Leipzig first play at home and then away.
The first knockout round of the Europa League will also be drawn. Hoffenheim and Leverkusen are still there. The first legs of the round of 32 are scheduled for February 18, the second legs for February 25.
FC BAYERN MUNICH: The defending champion will travel south. FC Barcelona, humiliated 8-2 in the quarter-finals last season, and superstar Lionel Messi would be spectacular opponents. FC Porto, Atalanta Bergamo, FC Sevilla and Lazio Rome are the other options. “There are just top teams in the round of 16,” said Flick. Whoever comes: Bayern is the favorite. With 16 points and 18: 5 goals, Munich, which had already been unbeaten for 17 games in the European elite, secured the ticket to the round of 16 as the best preliminary team.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND: The expectation of a round of 16 in the premier class is far away for Borussia Dortmund after the bankruptcy of 1: 5 against VfB Stuttgart and the divorce with coach Lucien Favre. FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, FC Sevilla, Atalanta Bergamo and FC Porto are potential opponents. “It’s good that we came first, if you look at the possible opponents. Still you need a little luck”, said BVB sports director Michael Zorc.
BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH: After the dramatic progression, the Gladbachers already played with the 2019 title winner. “We have now played with Inter Milan and Real Madrid against two teams that have a history with Borussia Mönchengladbach. third club with which Gladbach has a great history, ”said Eberl. In the 1970s, the national championships and UEFA Cup finals were all about the title between the two teams. -Germain eligible.
RB LEIPZIG: Liverpool FC is also a possible opponent for last season’s semi-finalists. Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea FC and Juventus Turin are also in the draw. In principle, he does not care about the opponent, said coach Julian Nagelsmann. “Real Madrid and Juve have great anthems. Maybe it will be one of the two teams.”
EUROPE LEAGUE: Hoffenheim is in the knockout round for the first time. Originally trainer Sebastian Hoeneß hoped for a “big opponent”, but recently he said: “That can wait a while.” After the strong year before, when things ran out at the end, Leverkusen got the hang of it – also in Europe. “We want to do great things this year,” said offensive player Leon Bailey.