The group stage of the Champions League is done and dusted. Next up: the knockouts.
The 16 remaining teams all learned their fate in Monday’s draw, and there are certainly some mouthwatering ties on offer.
The excitement is already building across Europe, so let’s take a look at how fans reacted to their side’s draw.
Borussia Dortmund vs PSG
The first tie out the pots saw Borussia Dortmund drawn against Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain in the Thomas Tuchel derby!
By looking at the reaction online, Dortmund fans were not best pleased with the draw. Lucien Favre’s side have not been at their best this year, and now they must go up against both Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. No pressure.
PSG fans, on the other hand, were feeling pretty confident of a place in the next round of the competition.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City
Pep Guardiola will have to face the Santiago Bernabéu crowd once more when his Manchester City side come face to face with Real Madrid.
The Citizens have a fortunate history of favourable draws, but they weren’t so lucky this time around. Real will always be one of the pre-tournament favourites, but City fans still felt confident they had enough to get through.
If we wanna be the best in Europe we have to beat the best, bring it on.
— SR (@falsebl) December 16, 2019
However, Real supporters were just as confident. On their day, Los Blancos can dispatch anyone and fans clearly feel that this could be their day too.
Atalanta vs Valencia
Few people believed that Atalanta or Valencia would make it through to the next round, so to see the two sides pitted against each other seems somewhat fitting.
Both sides will be confident of making it through to the next round, which sounds like the perfect recipe for an enthralling tie.
Come on Atalanta, come onnn !!!!!!
— Ghufron mujadid (@Ghufronmujadid) December 16, 2019
Nobody is easy at this stage, and honestly all of the 2nd-place teams are beatable. I know Valencia sometimes brings something extra against the famous teams, but if you can’t bring it in the UCL knockouts, it’s time to go home.
— jay brantner (@WillyMcGilly) December 16, 2019
Atlético Madrid vs Liverpool
Defending champions Liverpool will return to the Wanda Metropolitano – the stadium in which they were crowned European champions just months ago – when they face Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid.
Given their recent struggles, Atlético weren’t exactly best pleased with the result.
As for Liverpool, they seemed somewhat happy with the draw, although there was a touch of concern from some fans who recognised Atlético’s strength when their backs are against the wall.
Facing Atletico Madrid is a stress.
They’re going to be bang up for it, looking to prove a point against the European champions.
Simeone’s men thrive when they are the underdogs.
— ReviewFootball (@ReviewFootball) December 16, 2019
Atletico aren’t anywhere near the side they were 2/3 seasons ago, happy with the draw.
— Darren (@91Andersonnn) December 16, 2019
Chelsea vs Bayern Munich
After struggling in the group stage, Chelsea’s European adventure is only set to get harder as the Blues are set to come up against Bayern Munich.
Chelsea come into this one as huge underdogs, but that has not stopped them in the past. Did someone say 2012?
Chelsea might be worried, but Bayern certainly do not seem to be. The Bundesliga champions have scored a lot of goals this season, and the Blues’ inconsistent defence looks to be in for a real test.
Lyon vs Juventus
No French team has reached this stage of the Champions League more than Lyon, but they will have to be at their best to get any further at the expense of Juventus.
Lyon fans were under no illusion that this was going to be a tough one, with many feeling as though their European journey could already be over.
It certainly was not the same story for Juventus supporters, who clearly feel that their side have been handed a relatively straightforward path to the quarter-final.
Tottenham vs RB Leipzig
José Mourinho is back in the Champions League knockout stages, and his first test comes in the shape of the Bundesliga’s RB Leipzig.
There are no easy draws at this stage of the competition, but many Spurs fans seem to feel as though this was about as good as it could have been for their club.
Having said that, Leipzig fans looked to be saying the same thing, with many confident that they have been handed a relatively easy tie against an inconsistent Spurs side.
Napoli vs Barcelona
The last two teams out of the hat were Napoli and Barcelona, who will face off in the final tie of the round of 16.
It has been a rough season for Napoli, and many fans fear that it could be about to get worse real soon.
Great. Even more humiliation. Can’t wait
— Nicholas (@noseynicky) December 16, 2019
Napoli may have been worried, but Barcelona definitely were not. La Blaugrana have been in good form of late, and they come into this one as heavy favourites – as long as they don’t bottle a lead to Kostas Manolas again...
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