ROME – Closed the group stage of the Champions League and Europa League, for the maximum European football competitions at club level it is time to draw lots, which tomorrow, Monday 16 December , will be played in Nyon, Switzerland.
For the Champions , the pairings for the round of 16 will start at 12 , while for the Europa League , which has an extra round, those for the sixteenth will start at 1 pm .
All live on Sky Sport 24 and Sky Sport Football ; in the studio, for the Champions League draw, Leo Di Bello, Paolo Condò and Gianluca Di Marzio; for that of the Europa League, Mario Giunta, Beppe Bergomi and Riccardo Trevisani. Alessandro Alciato was sent to the Swiss city. Live event also in streaming on skysport.it .
In the urn of Nyon, five Italian teams, who tomorrow will discover their next opponents; Juventus, Napoli and Atalanta in the Champions League, Inter and Roma in the Europa League.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA FOOTBALL EUROPA LEAGUE:
round of 16 draw
live from Nyon, Monday 16 December
from 12 noon on Sky Sport 24 and Sky Sport Football
(live also in streaming on skysport.it).
Champions League, possible opponents of Juventus in the round of 16:
- Real Madrid.
Among these, Juventus certainly hopes to avoid Real Madrid. Although it would be suggestive for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Madrid as an opponent for the first time … The other teams are certainly strong but still within the reach of the bianconeri. Also because Juve, thanks to the seeded status, has the right to play the return match between the friendly walls.
It must be said that even among the others there are differences. It would be better to avoid the British to fish one between Lyon and Borussia Dortmund. Chelsea did not start strong but now it seems to have found the squaring of the circle. As well as Tottenham who seems to be reborn after Mourinho's arrival on the bench.
Champions League, the possible opponents of Napoli in the round of 16:
Napoli is not a seed and in fact it risks fishing squadrons like Psg, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Barcelona (all four to be absolutely avoided …). The bells must hope to catch one between Leipzig and Valencia, two excellent teams that are considerably lower than the others that can be coupled with Napoli.
Champions League, the possible opponents of Atalanta in the round of 16:
For Atalanta it is already a miracle to have arrived here, at the first participation and after three consecutive defeats in the group, but the appetite comes eating … so Atalanta must try to avoid absolutely PSG, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Barcelona while they would be opponents both Leipzig and Valencia are acceptable. We are talking about two excellent formations but they are always better than the other four battleships that would be almost unplayable. Then in football anything can happen, the ball is round …
Europa League. Let's see in detail the possible opponents of Inter and Roma.
Let's start with Inter. For the team coached by Antonio Conte there are few pitfalls because the opponents all seem abundantly within his reach. Perhaps it would be better to avoid the German teams. Leverkusen comes from the Champions League and is a tough opponent. Just like the Eintracht which last year eliminated Luciano Spalletti's Nerazzurri from the Europa League. For the rest, among the non-seeded, there are no opponents that can scare the leaders of the Italian championship .
Definitely more insidious draw for Rome . The Giallorossi have wasted the great chance of winning the group and now risk catching one of the favorite teams for the final success in the Europa League. Let's name a few, Roma are likely to catch Ajax , the Champions League semi-finalist last year, Sevilla , former Monchi, Arsenal , Manchester United and Benfica . The other teams in the urn are insidious but still within the reach of the Giallorossi.
This is the complete list of teams qualified for the Europa League round of 32 (those in bold, those coming from the Champions League group stage).
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|LASK Linz||Sporting Lisbon|
|Manchester United||AZ Alkmaar|
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