As we prepare for the anticipation of the round of 16 draw, Goal.com lays out the seedings and outlines the potential opponents each team can be pitted against
With three Italian teams, two each from England, Spain, Germany, France and Russia, and sole survivors from Portugal, Switzerland and Cyprus, the first knockout round of Europe's blue-ribbon club competition will have a nice spread of representation across the continent.
The remaining 16 teams in the competition will be split into two pots: group winners will be seeded, and the group runners-up will be unseeded.
||CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16 DRAW | THE SEEDS|
|| Bayern Munich
|| CSKA Moscow
|D|| Real Madrid
|| Olympique Lyonnais
|| Bayer Leverkusen
|| Olympique de Marseille
|| Zenit St. Petersburg
|| AC Milan
For the round of 16, group winners must be drawn against group runners-up. However, teams who had previously met during the group stage cannot be drawn against one another. Similarly, clubs from the same association cannot face each other even if they are in opposing seeds.
Here are all the potential rivals that each of the 16 teams can be drawn against.
WHO THE SEEDED TEAMS CAN MEET
WHO THE UNSEEDED TEAMS CAN MEET
Here's what we know so far. The two clubs from the Premier League cannot meet the two sides from La Liga. Inter will have the fewest options but on paper also the easiest, Milan and Marseille have the trickiest possible selection of rivals amongst the past champions, while Arsenal and Barcelona only have one former champion that they could face.
The draw for the last 16 will be held on December 16, 11:00 GMT.
The first leg of the last 16 will be played on February 14, 15 and 21, 22. The second leg will be played on March 6,7 and 13, 14.
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