Drama, suspense, hope, intrigue, joy, ecstasy, disappointment, jubilation…No other event captures all these emotions better than the UEFA Champions League Draw. As there Round of 16 Draws was made, some teams are disappointed. Some are already ecstatic while some are indifferent. Here is the Champions League Round Of 16 Draws | Arsenal Draws Bayern Munich.
After the group stage games, 16 teams emerged from 6 different countries. As usual, the second placed teams are to face the first placed teams. There are exceptions, however. No team faces another team from the same country till the quarter final stage. As we advance in this Champions League Round Of 16 Draws | Arsenal Draws Bayern Munich, let’s x-ray the draws, the favoured and the unfavoured.
Champions League Round Of 16 Draws | Arsenal Draws Bayern Munich
- Manchester City v Monaco
- Real Madrid v Napoli
- Benfica v Borussia Dortmund
- Bayern Munich v Arsenal
- Porto v Juventus
- Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid
- Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona
- Sevilla v Leicester City
Arsenal once again drew Bayern Munich, their nemesis. The Gunners have been knocked out of the Round Of 16 for the past 6 seasons. Having finished 1st in the group ahead of PSG, respite didn’t come Arsenal’s way. Bayern and Arsenal have played each other ten times, all since 2000/01. The German club have won five of those games and the English team three, with Bayern beating Arsenal in the round of 16 in 2004/05, 2012/13 and 2013/14. Who will win this time?
Sevilla locks horn with Leicester City. This fixture is considered as many as the most equal fixture. Europa league Champions Vs the English League Champions. PSG vs Barcelona is another mouth-watering encounter. Barcelona beat Paris in the 2012/13 and 2014/15 quarter-finals, although the French team came out on top when the clubs met in the last eight in 1994/95. Barcelona won the 1997 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final against Paris in Rotterdam, and each team won their home game when their paths crossed again in the 2014/15 group stage – 3-2 in France, 3-1 in Spain.
Porto would have to be at their best to defeat Italian Champions Juventus. Porto qualified on match day 6 by defeating Leicester who had already qualified. Manchester City v Monaco is also a very interesting clash. Monaco has been in a wonderful form this season, having already score 53 goals, and placed 2nd in Ligue 1. As Pep is still not there with his Man City Project, a surprise result cannot be ruled out.
Real Madrid also had a lucky draw against Napoli. The defending Champions who finished behind Borrussia Dortmund avoided the likes of Arsenal and Juventus. It has been argued in some quarters that the favourable draws they got last season aided their push to glory. The draw is concluded by two other fixtures: Benfica vs Borrussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid. Atletico Madrid would be aiming to go one step further after losing in two finals to Real Madrid in the last 3 seasons.