The Group stages of the UCL 2021 came to a dramatic end. We have all the confirmed 16 teams progressing to the later stages of the tournament. Some of the big names in Europe will miss out on the Round of 16 after failing to finish either 1st or 2nd in their respective groups.
Five-time UEFA Champions League winners FC Barcelona are all set to feature in the Europa League this year. The Catalonians failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition for the first time since the 2003/04 season. Six-time UEFA Champions League winners AC Milan qualified for the UCL group stages for the first time in 7 years. However, the Rossoneri are no more in contention for any European silverware after they finished last in Group B.
Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund have also been demoted to the Europa League as they finished 3rd in Group C. Their League rivals RB Leipzig have also finished 3rd in Group A, even after picking up a 2-1 victory against Group A winners Manchester City in the last matchday. FC Porto, Sheriff, Atalanta B.C, Sevilla, and Zenit will join Leipzig, Dortmund, and Barca for the later stages of the second-tier of European club competition.
Below are all the things that you need to know about the UCL Round of 16 draws, presented to you by Football Express.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE DRAWS FOR THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND OF 16 TAKE PLACE?
The draw will take place at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday 13th of December. The Ceremony will begin at 12:00 CET, which is 11 AM in the UK and 4:30 PM in India.
WHERE CAN YOU WATCH THE LIVE TELECAST OF THE UCL ROUND OF 16 DRAWS?
UEFA will be streaming the draw live on their official website.
WHICH TEAMS ARE GOING TO TAKE PART IN THE UCL ROUND OF 16 DRAW?
There will be a total of 16 Teams, comprising of 8 Group Winners and 8 second-placed teams out of all the 8 Groups. The group winners will be seeded while the runners-up are unseeded. The Confirmed 16 teams are as follows:-
Confirmed Group Winners (Seeded)
Bayern Munich (GER)
LOSC Lille (FRA)
Manchester City (ENG)
Manchester United (ENG)
Real Madrid (ESP)
Confirmed Group Runners-up (Unseeded)
Atletico Madrid (ESP)
Inter Milan (ITA)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
RB Salzburg (AUT)
Sporting CP (POR)
HOW WILL THE DRAWS OF THE ROUND OF 16 WORK AND WHO CAN FACE WHOM IN THE LATER STAGES OF THE UCL?
- The draw will feature 16 teams, the winners and the runner-up from each of the eight UEFA Champions League groups.
- Two seeding pots will be formed, one consisting of the eight group winners (seeded) and the other eight runners-up (unseeded).
- Teams that won their group cannot face another team from their group, meaning all seeded teams must face an unseeded team in the last 16.
- No team can play a club from their group or any side from their own association/country. Any other restrictions will be announced ahead of the draw ceremony.
- For example, Liverpool cannot be drawn against any other group winner, nor would they be able to take on fellow Premier League outfit Chelsea or fellow Group B side Atletico Madrid.
- Seeded group winners will play away in the Round of 16 First Leg and at home during the Second Leg.
WHEN WILL THE ROUND OF 16 OF THE UCL TAKE PLACE?
The first legs are scheduled for 15, 16, 22, and 23 of February 2022, while the second Legs are on 8, 9, 15, and 16 of March 2022. Kick-offs are set at 21:00 CET and 1:30 AM in India.
WHAT CHANGES ARE THERE THIS SEASON IN THE UCL?
The so-called away goals rule has been abolished. Ties that are level after 180 minutes will go to extra time irrespective of the number of goals each team has scored at home and away. If the teams still cannot be separated after the additional 30 minutes, the match will then go to a penalty Shoot-out.
WHERE WILL THE 2021/22 UCL FINAL TAKE PLACE?
Saint Petersburg’s Gazprom Arena will stage the final of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League, with the game scheduled for 28 May 2022.
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