Monday, 13 December 2021

Chelsea face Lille in Champions League last 16



 Holders Chelsea will play French side Lille in the Champions League last 16 after the draw for the knockout stages took place for a second time.

A "technical problem" caused an error in the initial draw, which Uefa said had been "declared void".

Premier League champions Manchester City face Portugal's Sporting Lisbon while six-time winners Liverpool play three-time winners Inter Milan.

Manchester United face Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.

In the standout tie of the round, 13-time champions Real Madrid come up against French powerhouse Paris St-Germain.

Champions League last-16 draw:

  • Red Bull Salzburg v Bayern Munich
  • Sporting Lisbon v Manchester City
  • Benfica v Ajax
  • Chelsea v Lille
  • Atletico Madrid v Manchester United
  • Villarreal v Juventus
  • Inter Milan v Liverpool
  • PSG v Real Madrid

Why was it redrawn?

In the original draw, Manchester United's ball was pulled out of the pot against Villarreal but they were ineligible to face each other as they had been in the same group - an eventuality Uefa said the technology should have prevented.

Last season's Europa League winners Villarreal were instead paired with Premier League champions City.

Further confusion appeared to occur when United were excluded from the pot of possible opponents for Atletico Madrid, and Liverpool included instead.

However, United could have played the Spanish side and Liverpool could not, having progressed into the knockout stage from the same group.

Uefa said in a statement: "Following a technical problem with the software of an external service provider that instructs the officials as to which teams are eligible to play each other, a material error occurred in the draw for the Uefa Champions League round of 16.

"As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone."

One major change this season...

The first legs will be spread out across 15, 16, 22 and 23 February, with the second legs on 8, 9, 15 and 16 March.

Chelsea are the only English side to play their first leg at home, with the other three all away first after winning their groups.

A major change from this season sees the away goals rule removed, so ties level after 180 minutes will go to extra time.

If the teams still cannot be separated after the additional 30 minutes, then it goes to a penalty shootout.

This season's final takes place in St Petersburg, Russia, on 28 May.




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