Arsenal faces Porto, and Real Madrid faces Leipzig in the Champions League Round of 16 draw

Arsenal faces Porto, and Real Madrid faces Leipzig in the Champions League Round of 16 draw

Arsenal will face Porto in the round of 16 of the Champions League, while Real Madrid was drawn against Leipzig.

Meanwhile, Champions League holders Manchester City will play Copenhagen.

There were some big teams absent from Monday’s draw, with Manchester United finishing last in their Champions League group behind Bayern Munich, Copenhagen and Galatasaray, meaning they have no continental football in the second half of the season.

Fellow Premier League side Newcastle United were also eliminated from Europe completely, finishing last in their group behind Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.

This group stage will be the last of its kind, as UEFA will introduce a new format similar to the so-called “Swiss model” starting next season. This will replace one large group with the current format of eight groups of four people. Each team will play eight group stage matches (instead of six), half at home and half away. The top eight teams in the expanded 36-team league (up from 32) will automatically qualify for the knockout stage, and the team finishing ninth to 24th will compete in a play-off to determine who will reach the round of 16 in the league. a race.

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What are the rules of the draw?

The eight teams that won their Champions League groups were seeded in the round of 16 draw, while the eight runners-up were unseeded.

Each league consists of one seeded team and one unseeded team.

This is the final stage of the competition where teams from the same country cannot be pitted against each other. For example, Bayern Munich, who won Group A, were prevented from drawing with RB Leipzig, which came in second place in Group G, in the round of 16. It was also not possible to pit teams against teams from their own group. For example, Arsenal, leaders of Group B, were unable to equalize PSV Eindhoven, who finished behind them.

From the quarter-finals onwards, these restrictions are lifted.

When are the final round of 16 matches?

The first and second matches will be played over two weeks each.

  • First leg matches: February 13, 14, February 20 and 21
  • Return matches: March 5/6 and March 12/13

What about the rest of the Champions League matches?

2023 may still be almost over, but many teams will have their eyes set on their potential schedules for the rest of the season, ahead of the final in June at Wembley Stadium in London.

  • Quarter-final and semi-final draw: March 15, 2024
  • Quarter-finals: 9/10 and 16/17 April 2024
  • Semi-finals: April 30/May 1 and May 7/8, 2024
  • Final: June 1, 2024

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