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UEFA Champions League knockout stage draw Live

Catch the UEFA Champions League Knockout Stage draw Live, Man United, Barcelona, Real Madrid
Updated: 11 December 2017 18:01 IST - Published: 11 December 2017 17:45 IST
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Well that's that, then. Thank you for tuning in - February can't come soon enough eh?

Thank you for reading! 

Toodle-ooo!
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That means, Olympique Marseille vs SC Braga, will round of the round-of-32
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Ostersunds of Sweden will face the full might of Arsenal Football Club
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FC Astana of Kazhakstan will take on... Sporting Club de Portugal!
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FC Ludogorets vs AC Milan!
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FCSB, Steau Bucharesti vs SS Lazio! That should be fun for Immobile!
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FK PARTIZAN BELGRADE vs FC Victoria Plzen!
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REAL SOCIEDAD vs FC SALZBURG
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OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS vs VILLAREAL FC... that's another tasty, tasty fixture
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RED STAR BELGRADE vs CSKA MOSCOW! Proper Eastern European Derby! Welcome back to the 90s!
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SSC NAPOLI will take on RB LEIPZIG! OOO LA LA! That is some fixture
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CELTIC vs ZENIT ST. PETERSBURG!
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AEK Athens vs FC Dynamo Kyiv!
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Spartak Moscow will face... Athletic Club Bilbao!!
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FC Kobenhavn will face... Atletico de Madrid!
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Next up... OGC NICE vs LOKOMOTIV MOSCOW!
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It'll be Borussia Dortmund vs Atalanta FC! That'll be a fun game!
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IT'S ON!!
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The inimitable Eric Abidal has come on stage as the official 2018 UEL Final Ambassador, and he awkwardly answers Marchetti's questions on his career, Lyon, et al
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After a rather decent montage, Marchetti is back to put everyone to sleep. 
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Pedro Pinto is back... and he is bigging up the Europa League just like he did the Champions League
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Arsenal fans, here are the teams your lads can face - AEK Athens, Astana, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic, Copenhagen, Steaua Bucharest, Ludogorets, Lyon, Marseille, Napoli, Nice, Östersund, Partizan Belgrade, Real Sociedad, Spartak Moscow


SPICY, eh?
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HERE ARE THE 32 TEAMS - 

SEEDED - AC Milan (ITA), Arsenal (ENG), Atalanta (ITA), Athletic Bilbao (ESP), Atletico Madrid* (ESP), Braga (POR), CSKA Moskow* (RUS), Dynamo Kiev (UKR), Lazio (ITA), Leipzig* (GER), Lokomotiv Moskow (RUS), Plzeň (CZE), Salzburg (AUT), Sporting CP* (POR), Villarreal (ESP), Zenit (RUS)

UNSEEDED (incl. the ones that dropped in from the Champions league) - AEK Athens (GRE), Astana (KAZ), Borussia Dortmund* (GER), Celtic* (SCO), Copenhagen (DEN), Red Star Belgrade (SRB), Steaua Bucharest (ROU), Ludogorets (BUL), Lyon (FRA), Marseille (FRA), Napoli* (ITA), Nice (FRA), Östersund (SWE), Partizan Belgrade (SRB), Real Sociedad (ESP), Spartak Moskow* (RUS)
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Well, that's that for the Champions League draw, utterly brilliant fixtures coming up in the world's best footballing tournament... stay tuned, we'll bring you live updates of the Europa League draw as well
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OH MY! OH MY! That was quite an incredible draw... PSG vs Real Madrid. Ronaldo vs Neymar. Mbappe vs Asensio. OOO LA LA

All the action starts on the 13th and 14th of February!
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Bayern Munich will now face Besiktas

BAYERN MUNICH vs BESIKTAS
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...AND IT'S BARCELONA!

CHELSEA vs BARCELONA! OOOO LA LA! JOSE MOURINHO IS SMILING SOMEWHERE IN THE NORTH-WEST OF ENGLAND 
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Chelsea is up next...
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... and it's AS ROMA

SHAKHTAR DONETSK vs AS ROMA!
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Shakhtar Donetsk is up next...
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... and it's PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN!

REAL MADRID VS PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN! OH MY GOOD LORD!!!
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Next up is Real Madrid CF! THE HOLDERS!
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... and it's Manchester United FC

SEVILLA VS MANCHESTER UNITED!
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Next up is Sevilla
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... and it's LIVERPOOL FC

PORTO VS LIVERPOOL!
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Pep Guardiola is laughing somewhere in the north-west of England.

Next is Porto...
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.... and it's Manchester City FC

FC BASEL VS MANCHESTER CITY
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Next up is FC Basel...
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OOO LA LA POCHETTINO!
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It's TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR!!

JUVENTUS vs SPURS!!!
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THE DRAW BEGINS...

IT WILL BE JUVENTUS vs.....
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UEFA's head of club competitions, I love how official that title sounds, comes out and explains the rules of the draw. RULES THAT EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING KNOWS
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They are showing a montage of Xabi Alonso's best Champions League as they invite him onstage. Now that, I can watch all day. 
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UEFA's Gen. Secy. has come out and is putting everyone to sleep. START THE DRAW, MAN
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The draw is on!!! UEFA's President isn't here, but Pedro Pinto is town, and he's speaking rapidly, and well as he congratulates Cristiano Ronaldo for being Cristiano Ronaldo (oh, and for creating another record by scoring in every one of Madrid's group stage games)

What else do you expect from a man who sings along to the Champions League anthem like he's the President of UEFA?
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A lot of people out there are dreaming, and hoping, that they face Beskitas - currently fourth in the Turkish Super Lig (they even drew Kayserispor 1-1 this weekend) and struggling domestically. Plus they are not a big team, their striker is a Turk and their playmakers are a gypsy who could have been Ronaldo and a Dutchman who even Anfield found hard to like, let alone love... 

But anyone who has seen the Turks play in the Champions League will be wary... Quaresma and Ryan Babel are playing with rare freedom, Anderson Talisca is a playmaker who creates magic... and they have Pepe. 

Never count Pepe out. 
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If you are a Premier League fan, you'd want to look at this list carefully - the possible opponents made clear...


Chelsea: Paris St-Germain, Barcelona, Besiktas.

Liverpool: Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto, Real Madrid.

Manchester City: Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Porto, Real Madrid.

Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto or Real Madrid.

Tottenham: Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto.
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A lot of pundits, with the backing of some complex statistical algorithms, are predicting that Chelsea will draw Barcelona; the mouth waters at the prospect of one of the Champions Leagues defining fixtures (of the modern era, anyway) being played out so early... what do you guys think? 

Ping me with who your team would rather face and why @animenon19!
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Hello and welcome to SK's live blog for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage draw, this is Anirudh Menon and I look forward to taking you through what should be an intense fifteen minutes or so of fondling balls around in two pots.

No, I do. I really do.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW TIMINGS, VENUE, TELECAST, AND LIVE STREAMING DETAILS

Timings:
11 AM GMT, 4.30 PM IST, Monday 11th December (that's 1630 hours for you, soldier)
Venue: UEFA HQ Nyon, Switzerland
Telecast: Ten 2/ Ten 2 HD
Live Streaming: uefa.com

This will be immediately followed by the UEFA Europa League draw, and with plenty of prominent drop-downs into the competition from the Champions League, Arsenal funs should have a fun time following that!

The 8 who have qualified on top of their respective groups (A-H)

- Manchester United

- PSG

- Roma

- Barcelona

- Liverpool

- Manchester City

- Besiktas

- Tottenham Hotspur

Their choice of opponents, those who have qualified as second-place finishers

- FC Basel

- Bayern Munich

- Chelsea

- Juventus

- Sevilla

- Shakhtar Donetsk

- Porto

- Real Madrid

With such a plethora of big names in the second pot, at least a couple of blockbuster round-of-16 games are guaranteed and if even one of them can come within a fifth of what transpired between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain last year, they ought to be worth every penny.

Imagine United or City drawing Real Madrid, Barcelona drawing Chelsea, PSG taking on Juventus, Liverpool hosting Bayern Munich.... be calm my beating heart... this ought to make for some nerve-wracking viewing (or reading, if you are doing it here - which you should be if you lot are in school, college, or office... turn that TV OFF)

Oh, and stay tuned right here for the Europa League draw, don't go anywhere, eh?