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All you need to know about the upcoming Uefa Champions League last-16 draw

The final 16 contestants to raise the European Cup are known following Wednesday’s final day of group stage matches in the UEFA Champions League.

Well, mostly. Atalanta and Villarreal was postponed because of snow, and one of those two will join the 15 qualifiers in the final round.

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Defending champions Chelsea are one of eight-seeded teams for the Round of 16 draw, which separates teams from the same nation as well as teams who qualified out of the same group.

It’s going to be a knockout round without Barcelona, something the Champions League hasn’t witnessed since 2003-04.

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When is the draw for the Champions League last 16?

The draw for the 2021-22 Champions League knockout phase will happen on Monday December 13, 2021. It is usually held at 11am GMT / 6am ET.

How can I watch the Champions League last-16 draw ?

The draw will be streamed live online for free on UEFA’s official website.

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When will the Champions League last-16 games take place?

The last 16 round will take place over two legs, with the first legs played February 15–16 and February 22-23 and the second legs played on March 8-9 and March 15-16 2022.

It will be held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

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The eight group winners will be seeded and the eight runners-up will be unseeded.

Teams from the same group are not allowed to be drawn against each other, while clubs from the same national association (such as the Premier League or La Liga) also cannot be drawn against one another.

What are the draw rules?

The eight group winners will be paired with the eight runners-up to form the matches for the round of 16. Teams will play the club they are paired with home and away for the right to move on to the quarterfinals.

Teams that were in the same group in the group stage, such as PSG and Manchester City, cannot be drawn against each other in the round of 16. Teams from the same country also cannot be drawn against one another, so for example, Juventus cannot be drawn against Inter Milan.

Seeded teams

Manchester City (Group A)

Possible opponents (6): Atletico Madrid, Sporting, Inter Milan, Benfica, Villarreal/Atalanta, Salzburg

Liverpool (Group B)

Possible opponents (6): PSG, Sporting, Inter Milan, Benfica, Villarreal/Atalanta, Salzburg

Ajax (Group C)

Possible opponents (7): PSG, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Benfica, Villarreal/Atalanta, Salzburg, Chelsea

Real Madrid (Group D)

Possible opponents (5 or 6): PSG, Sporting, Benfica, Salzburg, Chelsea (Atalanta if they advance)

Bayern Munich (Group E)

Possible opponents (7): PSG, Atletico Madrid, Sporting, Inter Milan, Villarreal/Atalanta, Salzburg, Chelsea

Manchester United (Group F)

Possible opponents (6): PSG, Atletico Madrid, Sporting, Inter Milan, Benfica, Salzburg

Lille (Group G)

Possible opponents (6): Atletico Madrid, Sporting, Inter Milan, Benfica, Villarreal/Atalanta, Chelsea

Juventus (Group H)

Possible opponents (5 or 6): PSG, Atletico Madrid, Sporting, Benfica, Salzburg (Villarreal if they advance)

Unseeded teams

PSG (Group A)

Possible opponents (6): Liverpool, Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Juventus

Atletico Madrid (Group B)

Possible opponents (6): Manchester City, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Lille, Juventus

Sporting (Group C)

Possible opponents (7): Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Lille, Juventus

Inter Milan (Group D)

Possible opponents (6): Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Lille

Benfica (Group E)

Possible opponents (7): Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Lille, Juventus

Villarreal or Atalanta (Group F)

Possible opponents (if Villarreal advance): Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Lille, Juventus

Possible opponents (if Atalanta advance): Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Lille

Salzburg (Group G)

Possible opponents (7): Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Juventus

Chelsea (Group H) 

Possible opponents (4): Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Lille

Atalanta and Villarreal play on Thursday in a match that was postponed from Wednesday due to snow. Atalanta must win to advance to the round of 16, while just a draw is needed for Villarreal.

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