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UEFA Champions League 2018-18: The winners and losers of the Round of 16 draw

UEFA Champions League trophy
UEFA Champions League trophy
Rishan Rai
Modified 20 Dec 2018, 19:50 IST
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The UEFA Champions League draw for the round of 16 has been completed, with Europe's big guns continuing on their quest for continental glory.

The first round of fixtures won't be played until February, while the second leg will take place in March.

Teams struggling now can overturn their forms in the next two months, but it's never too early to talk about the winners and losers of the draw. So lets take a look at the teams that will or won't be satisfied with their match-ups.

Winners: Manchester City

Leroy Sane will be taking on his former club
Leroy Sane will be taking on his former club

After being handed a relatively soft group, and avoiding a showdown with Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in the round of 16, Guardiola would have been a happy man after being drawn up against an out of form Schalke 04 who are languishing at 14th in the Bundesliga.

The likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Leroy Sane will have too much firepower for the Germans.

Leroy Sane, who was struggling on the bench early in the season, has become an indispensable starter in recent weeks. The young German will have a chance to show how much he has matured and improved against his former club.

Another quarter-final appearance in the UCL may be a given for Manchester City, and this draw will give Pep more time to get his players ready for the heavyweights in the latter rounds.


Losers: Tottenham Hotspur

Pochettino's men will take on Borussia Dortmund

After making it to the knockout stages on the final matchday, Spurs have been drawn against Bundesliga leaders, Borussia Dortmund, who have been revived under Lucien Favre this season.

Spurs may have beaten Dortmund twice in the group stages last season, but Dortmund are going to be a much different proposition to what they were 12 months ago. Topping the group ahead of Atletico Madrid shows how far they have come this season.

Pochettino's men were expecting a tough draw after coming second in their group behind Barcelona, and were probably going to be one of the losers of the draw. A trip to Westfalenstadion is never a pretty proposition.

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Published 20 Dec 2018, 19:50 IST
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