Real Madrid vs PSG, Liverpool vs Bayern Munich: Top Possible Pairings in Champions League Round of 16 Draw

Real Madrid vs PSG, Liverpool vs Bayern Munich: Top Possible Pairings in Champions League Round of 16 Draw

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
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  • Paris Saint-Germain complicated issues for themselves after finishing second in their Champions League group
  • PSG, who are still chasing their maiden title, could now face an elite European team like Real Madrid or Manchester City in the round of 16
  • Bayern Munich could come up against Liverpool, while Chelsea could face Romelu Lukaku's Inter Milan

The Champions League season is now getting into the business end, following the conclusion of group stage action.

16 teams have confirmed participation in the next stage, while 8 other teams, including heavyweights like Juventus and Barcelona, have dropped to the Europa League.

Teams like Atletico Madrid weren't as lucky as they exited European football altogether.

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PSG players celebrate Kylian Mbappe's goal during their game against Juventus. Photo by Isabella Bonotto.
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The night's biggest surprise was that Benfica pipped Paris Saint-Germain to the top spot in Group H. The two sides tied on points, head-to-head record, goals scored and goals conceded, and had to be separated by who had the most away goals.

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PSG's second-place finish complicates issues for other top teams or makes the competition even more interesting, depending on whose side you are on.

Possible opponents for PSG

By finishing second, PSG can only meet first-place finishers who are not from France and were not in the same group.

The Ligue 1 giants can therefore draw either Real Madrid, Napoli, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Bayern Munich or FC Porto.

A matchup between Real Madrid and PSG so early in the competition will rekindle memories of last season, where a Karim Benzema masterclass dumped PSG out of the competition despite Kylian Mbappe's best efforts.

Is revenge on the cards?

PSG vs Manchester City or PSG vs Bayern Munich can also be mouthwatering fixtures.

Lukaku might return to Chelsea

The other big possibility is Liverpool facing Bayern Munich. Ideally, this should be a big game, but Jurgen Klopp's recent struggles might make this too easy for the Bavarians. Liverpool could also meet Real Madrid.

Romelu Lukaku could also meet his employers Chelsea, should Inter Milan draw the 2021 winners. The good thing for Lukaku is that Thomas Tuchel already left.

The draw will be done on Monday, November 7 in Nyon. The competition will resume next year after the World Cup.

Rodrygo equals Ronaldo's UCL record

Sports Brief had earlier reported that red-hot Real Madrid forward Rodrygo de Goes has matched the legendary Ronaldo de Lima for a Los Blancos record, after the youngster scored on Wednesday night.

The Brazil prodigy netted the second of Real Madrid's five goals at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as Carlo Ancelotti's side raced out to a 5-1 win over Celtic.

By scoring in the Champions League, the 21-year-old equalled a club record set by his compatriot Ronaldo in Europe's premier club competition.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)