Connect with us

Leagues: Champions League

Champions League Knockout Round Draw on Friday

uefa-champions-league

Just a reminder that the draw for the next round of the 2008-09 Champions League takes place this Friday

There are plenty of familiar names in the draw as ten of the sides that reached this stage last season are still in the running. The new faces are Panathinaikos FC, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Club Atlético de Madrid, Villarreal CF, FC Bayern München and Juventus though both Bayern and Juve are well-experienced in this competition.

The draw conditions are as follows:

  1. Clubs from the same association must not be drawn against each other.
  2. The winners and runners-up of the same group must not be drawn against each other.
  3. Group winners must not be drawn against each other.
  4. Group runners-up must not be drawn against each other.
  5. Group runners-up shall play their first-leg match at home.

Just to recap the group stage, here are the winners and runners-up.

2008/09 UEFA Champions League Round of 16
First knockout round – to be played 24/25 February and 10/11 March
Group winnersGroup runners-up
A AS Roma (Italy)Chelsea FC (England)
B Panathinaikos FC (Greece)FC Internazionale Milano (Italy)
C FC Barcelona (Spain)Sporting Clube de Portugal (Portugal)
D Liverpool FC (England)Club Atlético de Madrid (Spain)
E Manchester United FC (England)Villarreal CF (Spain)
F FC Bayern München (Germany)Olympique Lyonnais (France)
G FC Porto (Portugal)Arsenal FC (England)
H Juventus (Italy)Real Madrid CF (Spain)

 

While England again leads the way with four clubs (tied this season by Spain), I don’t feel that the English clubs are playing with the same form as last season. All have had ups and downs in their domestic form and have been dropping points against clubs that they should be defeating. Arsenal are looking the unsteadiest of the bunch though none of the others have impressed in recent weeks. Liverpool has had some great chances to surge ahead in the title race but have dropped points at home to Hull City and West Ham.

Conversely, Barcelona have to be looked at as one of the favourites based on their experience and recent form. They looked good in defeating Real Madrid in El Classico this past weekend and are now unbeaten in 14 league games. Their only loss in the Champions League group phase was in their final match when they fielded a team filled with reserve/bench players.

I also see Juventus, Bayern Munich and FC Porto as clubs to watch for in the next round. However, I will be back on Friday with predictions and commentary once the draw is complete.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
  • Includes USA, NBC, FOX, FS1 + more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in Leagues: Champions League

Translate »