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Roma Set to Benefit From Stunning Salah Form as Liverpool Ace Closes in on 20-Goal Haul

​Roma are set to benefit from Mohamed Salah's terrific goalscoring form for Liverpool just four months since his £37m move to Anfield. The electric forward has already plundered 19 goals for Jurgen Klopp's side this term and, if a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t ​Calciomercato) can be believed, the Italian giants are in line for a tidy sum of cash when Salah bags his next Reds goal. The report claims that Roma will net around £1.3m once the Egypt international fires home his 20th goal...

Roma Set to Benefit From Stunning Salah Form as Liverpool Ace Closes in on 20-Goal Haul

​Roma are set to benefit from Mohamed Salah's terrific goalscoring form for Liverpool just four months since his £37m move to Anfield. The electric forward has already plundered 19 goals for Jurgen Klopp's side this term and, if a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t ​Calciomercato) can be believed, the Italian giants are in line for a tidy sum of cash when Salah bags his next Reds goal. The report claims that Roma will net around £1.3m once the Egypt international fires home his 20th goal...

Roma Set to Benefit From Stunning Salah Form as Liverpool Ace Closes in on 20-Goal Haul

​Roma are set to benefit from Mohamed Salah's terrific goalscoring form for Liverpool just four months since his £37m move to Anfield. The electric forward has already plundered 19 goals for Jurgen Klopp's side this term and, if a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t ​Calciomercato) can be believed, the Italian giants are in line for a tidy sum of cash when Salah bags his next Reds goal. The report claims that Roma will net around £1.3m once the Egypt international fires home his 20th goal...

Roma's defender Kostas Manolas (R) vies with Lazio's midfielder Ciro Immobile during the Italian Serie A football match November 18, 2017

Roma's defender Kostas Manolas (R) vies with Lazio's midfielder Ciro Immobile during the Italian Serie A football match November 18, 2017

Roma's defender Kostas Manolas (R) vies with Lazio's midfielder Ciro Immobile during the Italian Serie A football match November 18, 2017 (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE)

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Mohamed Salah wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017

Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has been voted the winner of the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award 2017. It is the first time that Salah has been shortlisted for the award with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp joining BBC presenter Mimi Fawaz at the club's Melwood training ground to present the coveted trophy as part of 'Focus on Africa' on BBC World Service.  Fans voted in record numbers to name Salah the winner from a five-man shortlist, with the current Premier League top-scorer selected in front of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean and future Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, current Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses. “I am very happy to win this award," said Salah. "It’s always a special feeling when you win something. You feel like you did a great year, so I’m very happy. I would also like to win it next year!” Salah was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations and is enjoying a hot streak of form, having already scored 13 goals so far in the Premier League. “I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,” added Salah, who has become the third Egyptian to win the award, and first since 2008. Salah scored a wondergoal in Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Everton Credit: ACTION PLUS After joining Liverpool from Roma in June, he was named the club's player of the month in August and September. A goal on his debut helped him rack up seven goals in his first 11 Premier League games, and he has fared even better in the Champions League, with five goals in six group games. “It’s well deserved,” said Jurgen Klopp. “I am a really lucky person. I had the opportunity to work with a few outstanding players and I am happy that it is now with Mo. "The good thing is that he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement, a lot of potential still that we can work on, but that’s how it should be. It’s a big pleasure, to be honest, to work with him.” Salah joins a revered list including Abedi Pele, George Weah, Jay-Jay Okocha and Didier Drogba, to have won the BBC African Footballer of the Year prize. “I am very happy to be like them in winning this award,” said the Egyptian, who follows compatriots Mohamed Barakat (2005) and the legendary Aboutreika (2008) in receiving the trophy.

Mohamed Salah wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017

Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has been voted the winner of the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award 2017. It is the first time that Salah has been shortlisted for the award with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp joining BBC presenter Mimi Fawaz at the club's Melwood training ground to present the coveted trophy as part of 'Focus on Africa' on BBC World Service.  Fans voted in record numbers to name Salah the winner from a five-man shortlist, with the current Premier League top-scorer selected in front of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean and future Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, current Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses. “I am very happy to win this award," said Salah. "It’s always a special feeling when you win something. You feel like you did a great year, so I’m very happy. I would also like to win it next year!” Salah was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations and is enjoying a hot streak of form, having already scored 13 goals so far in the Premier League. “I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,” added Salah, who has become the third Egyptian to win the award, and first since 2008. Salah scored a wondergoal in Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Everton Credit: ACTION PLUS After joining Liverpool from Roma in June, he was named the club's player of the month in August and September. A goal on his debut helped him rack up seven goals in his first 11 Premier League games, and he has fared even better in the Champions League, with five goals in six group games. “It’s well deserved,” said Jurgen Klopp. “I am a really lucky person. I had the opportunity to work with a few outstanding players and I am happy that it is now with Mo. "The good thing is that he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement, a lot of potential still that we can work on, but that’s how it should be. It’s a big pleasure, to be honest, to work with him.” Salah joins a revered list including Abedi Pele, George Weah, Jay-Jay Okocha and Didier Drogba, to have won the BBC African Footballer of the Year prize. “I am very happy to be like them in winning this award,” said the Egyptian, who follows compatriots Mohamed Barakat (2005) and the legendary Aboutreika (2008) in receiving the trophy.

Champions League draw: Chelsea face Barcelona with Spurs drawn against Juventus

Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool were all delivered with highly favourable draws in the last-16 of the Champions League – although there will be less cause for celebration at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Even so there is a very real prospect that all five Premier League clubs could make it through to the quarter-finals. Chelsea appear to have been delivered the trickiest task as they were drawn against Barcelona - and will play at the Nou Camp in the second leg - for the first time since they triumphed in the semi-finals on their way to winning the Champions League in 2012. Barcelona will not relish facing Chelsea, either, although the English club will be kicking themselves. Had they won their group they would be facing Shakhtar Donestk, who have been drawn with Roma. For Spurs the reward for winning their group is a first meeting in European competition with last season’s finalists, Juventus, who are currently only third in Serie A but have a rich pedigree of success in this competition. Spurs, as a group winner, will play their second leg at home, at Wembley. 0 - Lionel Messi has faced Chelsea eight times without scoring a single goal from 29 shots; his worst record against a single club during his career. Hex. #UCLDrawpic.twitter.com/PDe4GOndTQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 11, 2017 ���� Que será, será Whatever will be, will be We’re going to Wembley! Que será, será ���� pic.twitter.com/6CzPU6vzYe— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 11, 2017 The draw was far more kind to United – who were paired with Sevilla, who finished second in Liverpool’s group, and who they have never faced before. Liverpool were drawn against Porto, while City will be pleased that they will face Basel, with the Swiss runners-up to United in their group. The showpiece draw of the round is undoubtedly the holders Real Madrid, who were runners-up to Spurs, against Paris Saint-Germain give the scale, ambition and squads the clubs have. Not least with Kylian Mbappe having chosen PSG ahead of Real last summer. There will be nervousness at PSG that their coach, Unai Emery, has never won at the Santiago Bernabeu. The final tie is Bayern Munich against Besiktas. Get the latest Champions Leagues odds with Genting Bet >> Fixture details will appear here as clubs confirm dates and times:   11:41AM Happy days As for Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool - things have gone pretty well there haven't they? Basel were the easiest side available and City should brush them aside with minimal fuss. Sevill are currently fifth in La Liga and United will fully expect to see them off. Liverpool will not have things all their way against a Porto side top of their league and unbeaten domestically in 14 games. However, the Portuguese side only managed to finish second in a Champions League group won by Besiktas. 11:35AM We meet again The other cracker involving an English side is Spurs against Juventus. Mauricio Pochettino's side played the Italians in pre-season and beat them 2-0 at Wembley. Another nailed on English victory then... Of course, the overwhelming tie of the round is Real Madrid vs PSG. The two sides were first and third in the pre-draw betting to lift the trophy in May, but one of them will not even make it to the quarter-finals. The two teams faced each other in the 2015/16 group stage when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Real triumphed 1-0 at home. The French side are a rather different prospect nowadays though. Another tough test but afer beating Madrid there will be no fear. Let's make sure we get Wembley rocking ����— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) December 11, 2017 Real Madrid v PSG, Chelsea v Barcelona and Spurs v Juventus are mouth-watering ties in the last 16 of the Champions League. Ooooft!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 11, 2017 11:26AM Reaction Well, from an English perspective that Chelsea tie against Barcelona is the tastiest. This is the sixth time those two sides have been drawn against each other in the Champions League knockout stages (plus one time they were in the same group). The overall knockout stage score since the turn of the century is: Barcelona 3 Chelsea 2. 11:21AM Full draw Juventus vs Tottenham Basel vs Manchester City Porto vs Liverpool Sevilla vs Manchester United Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Chelsea vs Barcelona Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game eight Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game seven Chelsea vs Barcelona 11:18AM Round of 16 - game six Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma 11:17AM Round of 16 - game five Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 11:16AM Round of 16 - game four Sevilla vs Manchester United 11:16AM Round of 16 - game three Porto vs Liverpool 11:15AM Round of 16 - game two Basel vs Manchester City 11:14AM Round of 16 - game one Juventus vs Tottenham 11:12AM And it's live The draw has begun. Sort of. A man in a suit is currently - and incredibly tediously - running through the rules, regulations and permutations. 11:04AM Favourites It's almost draw time. Which team would you least like to face in the next round? Paris St-Germain are fairly short-priced favourites to succeed Real Madrid as champions, followed in the betting Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. If you fancy a flutter on Basel you can find odds of 300/1 knocking about. Real Madrid celebrate their 2016/17 Champions League success Credit: afp 10:53AM One year on This time last year there were only three English sides in the Champions League draw. Two of them had advanced as group winners - Arsenal and Leicester City. Manchester City joined them as runners-up. Arsenal and Leicester City are absent this time around, but it is a rather different outlook for the Premier League with England providing five of the 16 teams still remaining: England - 5 teams Spain - 3 teams Italy - 2 teams Germany, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, Turkey - 1 team 10:37AM Bring them on Speaking of Tottenham's potential opponents, Mauricio Pochettino gave some interesting quotes this weekend when asked about who he would prefer to face in the last 16. On the one hand you have Bayern Munich or Juventus. On the other you have Basel, Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams. I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams. You can see the game against Real Madrid. I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy. Do we believe him? 10:32AM Deserved reward For four of the five Premier League clubs in today's draw, they have the luxury of knowing that they are in the seeded section of the pot as group winners. Which, in theory, should mean an easy ride. And yet... Having gone undefeated in a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, Spurs could now find themselves facing Bayern Munich or Juventus in the first knockout round. The same fate might await Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. 10:20AM A numbers game How much could Chelsea failure to beat Atletico Madrid in their final group stage cost them? Win and they would have advanced top of the group. But draw - as they did 1-1 - and they would finish runners-up. Which now means a 41 per cent of facing Barcelona in the next round. Allow mathematician JulienGuyon to provide such insight: Here are the CORRECT #draw#probabilities for the round of 16 of the #ChampionsLeague, based on 4,000,000 simulations of the OFFICIAL DRAW PROCEDURE (which is quite complicated). Watch how likely Barcelona-Chelsea is: 41.3%! Then PSG-CHE & BES-CHE at 29.4% pic.twitter.com/PPpACBMdkt— Julien Guyon (@julienguyon1977) December 9, 2017 10:04AM Draw preview What is it? This is the draw for the last-16 stage of the Champions League. When is it? The draw will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017. What time is kick-off? The balls will be drawn at 11am (GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow all the action right here when this page turns into our live blog. Which English teams are involved? All five Premier League sides that entered European football's elite competition advanced through the group stage. That means Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will all take place in the last-16 draw. Chelsea were the only English team to make it through as runners-up, with the other four sides all topping their group. Chelsea drew their final group match against Atletico Madrid Credit: getty images Here is the full list of the 32 teams who will go into the pot: Group winners:  Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. How does the draw work? Two seeding pots will be formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. No team can play a club from their initial Champions League group or any side from their own country. Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March. Who can the Premier League sides face? Chelsea: Barcelona, Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester City: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla. Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham : Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Champions League draw: Chelsea face Barcelona with Spurs drawn against Juventus

Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool were all delivered with highly favourable draws in the last-16 of the Champions League – although there will be less cause for celebration at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Even so there is a very real prospect that all five Premier League clubs could make it through to the quarter-finals. Chelsea appear to have been delivered the trickiest task as they were drawn against Barcelona - and will play at the Nou Camp in the second leg - for the first time since they triumphed in the semi-finals on their way to winning the Champions League in 2012. Barcelona will not relish facing Chelsea, either, although the English club will be kicking themselves. Had they won their group they would be facing Shakhtar Donestk, who have been drawn with Roma. For Spurs the reward for winning their group is a first meeting in European competition with last season’s finalists, Juventus, who are currently only third in Serie A but have a rich pedigree of success in this competition. Spurs, as a group winner, will play their second leg at home, at Wembley. 0 - Lionel Messi has faced Chelsea eight times without scoring a single goal from 29 shots; his worst record against a single club during his career. Hex. #UCLDrawpic.twitter.com/PDe4GOndTQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 11, 2017 ���� Que será, será Whatever will be, will be We’re going to Wembley! Que será, será ���� pic.twitter.com/6CzPU6vzYe— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 11, 2017 The draw was far more kind to United – who were paired with Sevilla, who finished second in Liverpool’s group, and who they have never faced before. Liverpool were drawn against Porto, while City will be pleased that they will face Basel, with the Swiss runners-up to United in their group. The showpiece draw of the round is undoubtedly the holders Real Madrid, who were runners-up to Spurs, against Paris Saint-Germain give the scale, ambition and squads the clubs have. Not least with Kylian Mbappe having chosen PSG ahead of Real last summer. There will be nervousness at PSG that their coach, Unai Emery, has never won at the Santiago Bernabeu. The final tie is Bayern Munich against Besiktas. Get the latest Champions Leagues odds with Genting Bet >> Fixture details will appear here as clubs confirm dates and times:   11:41AM Happy days As for Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool - things have gone pretty well there haven't they? Basel were the easiest side available and City should brush them aside with minimal fuss. Sevill are currently fifth in La Liga and United will fully expect to see them off. Liverpool will not have things all their way against a Porto side top of their league and unbeaten domestically in 14 games. However, the Portuguese side only managed to finish second in a Champions League group won by Besiktas. 11:35AM We meet again The other cracker involving an English side is Spurs against Juventus. Mauricio Pochettino's side played the Italians in pre-season and beat them 2-0 at Wembley. Another nailed on English victory then... Of course, the overwhelming tie of the round is Real Madrid vs PSG. The two sides were first and third in the pre-draw betting to lift the trophy in May, but one of them will not even make it to the quarter-finals. The two teams faced each other in the 2015/16 group stage when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Real triumphed 1-0 at home. The French side are a rather different prospect nowadays though. Another tough test but afer beating Madrid there will be no fear. Let's make sure we get Wembley rocking ����— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) December 11, 2017 Real Madrid v PSG, Chelsea v Barcelona and Spurs v Juventus are mouth-watering ties in the last 16 of the Champions League. Ooooft!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 11, 2017 11:26AM Reaction Well, from an English perspective that Chelsea tie against Barcelona is the tastiest. This is the sixth time those two sides have been drawn against each other in the Champions League knockout stages (plus one time they were in the same group). The overall knockout stage score since the turn of the century is: Barcelona 3 Chelsea 2. 11:21AM Full draw Juventus vs Tottenham Basel vs Manchester City Porto vs Liverpool Sevilla vs Manchester United Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Chelsea vs Barcelona Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game eight Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game seven Chelsea vs Barcelona 11:18AM Round of 16 - game six Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma 11:17AM Round of 16 - game five Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 11:16AM Round of 16 - game four Sevilla vs Manchester United 11:16AM Round of 16 - game three Porto vs Liverpool 11:15AM Round of 16 - game two Basel vs Manchester City 11:14AM Round of 16 - game one Juventus vs Tottenham 11:12AM And it's live The draw has begun. Sort of. A man in a suit is currently - and incredibly tediously - running through the rules, regulations and permutations. 11:04AM Favourites It's almost draw time. Which team would you least like to face in the next round? Paris St-Germain are fairly short-priced favourites to succeed Real Madrid as champions, followed in the betting Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. If you fancy a flutter on Basel you can find odds of 300/1 knocking about. Real Madrid celebrate their 2016/17 Champions League success Credit: afp 10:53AM One year on This time last year there were only three English sides in the Champions League draw. Two of them had advanced as group winners - Arsenal and Leicester City. Manchester City joined them as runners-up. Arsenal and Leicester City are absent this time around, but it is a rather different outlook for the Premier League with England providing five of the 16 teams still remaining: England - 5 teams Spain - 3 teams Italy - 2 teams Germany, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, Turkey - 1 team 10:37AM Bring them on Speaking of Tottenham's potential opponents, Mauricio Pochettino gave some interesting quotes this weekend when asked about who he would prefer to face in the last 16. On the one hand you have Bayern Munich or Juventus. On the other you have Basel, Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams. I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams. You can see the game against Real Madrid. I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy. Do we believe him? 10:32AM Deserved reward For four of the five Premier League clubs in today's draw, they have the luxury of knowing that they are in the seeded section of the pot as group winners. Which, in theory, should mean an easy ride. And yet... Having gone undefeated in a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, Spurs could now find themselves facing Bayern Munich or Juventus in the first knockout round. The same fate might await Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. 10:20AM A numbers game How much could Chelsea failure to beat Atletico Madrid in their final group stage cost them? Win and they would have advanced top of the group. But draw - as they did 1-1 - and they would finish runners-up. Which now means a 41 per cent of facing Barcelona in the next round. Allow mathematician JulienGuyon to provide such insight: Here are the CORRECT #draw#probabilities for the round of 16 of the #ChampionsLeague, based on 4,000,000 simulations of the OFFICIAL DRAW PROCEDURE (which is quite complicated). Watch how likely Barcelona-Chelsea is: 41.3%! Then PSG-CHE & BES-CHE at 29.4% pic.twitter.com/PPpACBMdkt— Julien Guyon (@julienguyon1977) December 9, 2017 10:04AM Draw preview What is it? This is the draw for the last-16 stage of the Champions League. When is it? The draw will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017. What time is kick-off? The balls will be drawn at 11am (GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow all the action right here when this page turns into our live blog. Which English teams are involved? All five Premier League sides that entered European football's elite competition advanced through the group stage. That means Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will all take place in the last-16 draw. Chelsea were the only English team to make it through as runners-up, with the other four sides all topping their group. Chelsea drew their final group match against Atletico Madrid Credit: getty images Here is the full list of the 32 teams who will go into the pot: Group winners:  Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. How does the draw work? Two seeding pots will be formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. No team can play a club from their initial Champions League group or any side from their own country. Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March. Who can the Premier League sides face? Chelsea: Barcelona, Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester City: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla. Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham : Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Champions League draw: Chelsea face Barcelona with Spurs drawn against Juventus

Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool were all delivered with highly favourable draws in the last-16 of the Champions League – although there will be less cause for celebration at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Even so there is a very real prospect that all five Premier League clubs could make it through to the quarter-finals. Chelsea appear to have been delivered the trickiest task as they were drawn against Barcelona - and will play at the Nou Camp in the second leg - for the first time since they triumphed in the semi-finals on their way to winning the Champions League in 2012. Barcelona will not relish facing Chelsea, either, although the English club will be kicking themselves. Had they won their group they would be facing Shakhtar Donestk, who have been drawn with Roma. For Spurs the reward for winning their group is a first meeting in European competition with last season’s finalists, Juventus, who are currently only third in Serie A but have a rich pedigree of success in this competition. Spurs, as a group winner, will play their second leg at home, at Wembley. 0 - Lionel Messi has faced Chelsea eight times without scoring a single goal from 29 shots; his worst record against a single club during his career. Hex. #UCLDrawpic.twitter.com/PDe4GOndTQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 11, 2017 ���� Que será, será Whatever will be, will be We’re going to Wembley! Que será, será ���� pic.twitter.com/6CzPU6vzYe— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 11, 2017 The draw was far more kind to United – who were paired with Sevilla, who finished second in Liverpool’s group, and who they have never faced before. Liverpool were drawn against Porto, while City will be pleased that they will face Basel, with the Swiss runners-up to United in their group. The showpiece draw of the round is undoubtedly the holders Real Madrid, who were runners-up to Spurs, against Paris Saint-Germain give the scale, ambition and squads the clubs have. Not least with Kylian Mbappe having chosen PSG ahead of Real last summer. There will be nervousness at PSG that their coach, Unai Emery, has never won at the Santiago Bernabeu. The final tie is Bayern Munich against Besiktas. Get the latest Champions Leagues odds with Genting Bet >> Fixture details will appear here as clubs confirm dates and times:   11:41AM Happy days As for Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool - things have gone pretty well there haven't they? Basel were the easiest side available and City should brush them aside with minimal fuss. Sevill are currently fifth in La Liga and United will fully expect to see them off. Liverpool will not have things all their way against a Porto side top of their league and unbeaten domestically in 14 games. However, the Portuguese side only managed to finish second in a Champions League group won by Besiktas. 11:35AM We meet again The other cracker involving an English side is Spurs against Juventus. Mauricio Pochettino's side played the Italians in pre-season and beat them 2-0 at Wembley. Another nailed on English victory then... Of course, the overwhelming tie of the round is Real Madrid vs PSG. The two sides were first and third in the pre-draw betting to lift the trophy in May, but one of them will not even make it to the quarter-finals. The two teams faced each other in the 2015/16 group stage when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Real triumphed 1-0 at home. The French side are a rather different prospect nowadays though. Another tough test but afer beating Madrid there will be no fear. Let's make sure we get Wembley rocking ����— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) December 11, 2017 Real Madrid v PSG, Chelsea v Barcelona and Spurs v Juventus are mouth-watering ties in the last 16 of the Champions League. Ooooft!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 11, 2017 11:26AM Reaction Well, from an English perspective that Chelsea tie against Barcelona is the tastiest. This is the sixth time those two sides have been drawn against each other in the Champions League knockout stages (plus one time they were in the same group). The overall knockout stage score since the turn of the century is: Barcelona 3 Chelsea 2. 11:21AM Full draw Juventus vs Tottenham Basel vs Manchester City Porto vs Liverpool Sevilla vs Manchester United Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Chelsea vs Barcelona Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game eight Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game seven Chelsea vs Barcelona 11:18AM Round of 16 - game six Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma 11:17AM Round of 16 - game five Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 11:16AM Round of 16 - game four Sevilla vs Manchester United 11:16AM Round of 16 - game three Porto vs Liverpool 11:15AM Round of 16 - game two Basel vs Manchester City 11:14AM Round of 16 - game one Juventus vs Tottenham 11:12AM And it's live The draw has begun. Sort of. A man in a suit is currently - and incredibly tediously - running through the rules, regulations and permutations. 11:04AM Favourites It's almost draw time. Which team would you least like to face in the next round? Paris St-Germain are fairly short-priced favourites to succeed Real Madrid as champions, followed in the betting Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. If you fancy a flutter on Basel you can find odds of 300/1 knocking about. Real Madrid celebrate their 2016/17 Champions League success Credit: afp 10:53AM One year on This time last year there were only three English sides in the Champions League draw. Two of them had advanced as group winners - Arsenal and Leicester City. Manchester City joined them as runners-up. Arsenal and Leicester City are absent this time around, but it is a rather different outlook for the Premier League with England providing five of the 16 teams still remaining: England - 5 teams Spain - 3 teams Italy - 2 teams Germany, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, Turkey - 1 team 10:37AM Bring them on Speaking of Tottenham's potential opponents, Mauricio Pochettino gave some interesting quotes this weekend when asked about who he would prefer to face in the last 16. On the one hand you have Bayern Munich or Juventus. On the other you have Basel, Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams. I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams. You can see the game against Real Madrid. I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy. Do we believe him? 10:32AM Deserved reward For four of the five Premier League clubs in today's draw, they have the luxury of knowing that they are in the seeded section of the pot as group winners. Which, in theory, should mean an easy ride. And yet... Having gone undefeated in a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, Spurs could now find themselves facing Bayern Munich or Juventus in the first knockout round. The same fate might await Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. 10:20AM A numbers game How much could Chelsea failure to beat Atletico Madrid in their final group stage cost them? Win and they would have advanced top of the group. But draw - as they did 1-1 - and they would finish runners-up. Which now means a 41 per cent of facing Barcelona in the next round. Allow mathematician JulienGuyon to provide such insight: Here are the CORRECT #draw#probabilities for the round of 16 of the #ChampionsLeague, based on 4,000,000 simulations of the OFFICIAL DRAW PROCEDURE (which is quite complicated). Watch how likely Barcelona-Chelsea is: 41.3%! Then PSG-CHE & BES-CHE at 29.4% pic.twitter.com/PPpACBMdkt— Julien Guyon (@julienguyon1977) December 9, 2017 10:04AM Draw preview What is it? This is the draw for the last-16 stage of the Champions League. When is it? The draw will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017. What time is kick-off? The balls will be drawn at 11am (GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow all the action right here when this page turns into our live blog. Which English teams are involved? All five Premier League sides that entered European football's elite competition advanced through the group stage. That means Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will all take place in the last-16 draw. Chelsea were the only English team to make it through as runners-up, with the other four sides all topping their group. Chelsea drew their final group match against Atletico Madrid Credit: getty images Here is the full list of the 32 teams who will go into the pot: Group winners:  Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. How does the draw work? Two seeding pots will be formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. No team can play a club from their initial Champions League group or any side from their own country. Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March. Who can the Premier League sides face? Chelsea: Barcelona, Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester City: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla. Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham : Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Champions League: What to Expect from a Mouthwatering Knockout Stage

Real Madrid, the 12-time European champion, will play Paris St-Germain, who broke the world transfer record in the summer, in the pick of the Champions League last-16 ties that were drawn on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland. There will also be a renewal of rivalries for Barcelona and Chelsea when the knockout stage begins in February.

Here's a breakdown of all eight ties.

JUVENTUS vs. TOTTENHAM

Last season was dismal for Tottenham in Europe, but it has learned quickly. Whereas previously it seemed they could only win games by dominating the ball, this season they have developed and recorded three wins and a draw from four games against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund having less than 50% possession in each game. The squad, though, is slim, so much will depend on who is available come February. It never looks as solid at the back without Toby Alderweireld who is expected back early in the New Year following his hamstring injury. Their manager Mauricio Pochettino had said that after playing Madrid and Dortmund, the draw could not be tougher. Perhaps not, but it is probably equally tough.

The first half of this season has felt like something of a struggle for Juve as it adapts to life after Leonardo Bonucci, but such matters are relative. Although last season’s losing finalists were held to a goalless draw at home by Inter on Saturday, its win away to Napoli suggested a side returning to form. At home, particularly, it remains formidable, having lost only two games in Turin since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

BASEL vs. MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City began the season in extraordinary form, breaking goalscoring records over the first dozen league games of the season, partly because of the signings the club had made in the summer and partly because players who struggled at times with Pep Guardiola’s methods last season have adapted to his philosophy. Victory away to Manchester United on Sunday took it 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League; it can afford to rest players to prioritize the Champions League. Raheem Sterling has been in the form of his life, while Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva offer great variety and creativity. Defensive concerns, however, remain. The Swiss champion Basel is at this stage for the first time in three years. It has a habit of unsettling English sides, eliminating Manchester United from the Champions League in 2011-12 and beating Tottenham on penalties in the Europa League quarter-final a year later. Its coach Raphael Wicky has benefited from relative stability, with few outgoings and the only major arrival that of the Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. He hasn’t played since the end of September, though, and the sense is that Basel has become a better-balanced side as a result, with the right-winger Michael Lang emerging as a key presence.

PORTO vs. LIVERPOOL

No Premier League side has ever scored more in the group stage than the 23 Liverpool managed. Its front four of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah gives the impression of being able to blow any side away with its pace and invention but Liverpool’s problem is that if sides can get through the press and can attack it is extremely vulnerable – as Everton demonstrated in pinching a draw on Sunday. When it concedes goals it tends to concede in batches: four times this season Liverpool has conceded three or more in a game. Porto leads the Portuguese league on goal difference from Sporting and in the end made it through the group relatively comfortably. Only Sevilla of the sides who made it to this stage conceded more goals, but Vincent Aboubakar, who scored the winner for Cameroon in the Cup of Nations final in February, has begun the season in such form that he can turn a game with a half-chance. The sides have been drawn together twice before, in the UEFA Cup in 2000-01 and in the Champions League in 2007-08. On both occasions , Liverpool won at Anfield and drew in Portugal.

SEVILLA vs. MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United qualified comfortably enough for the last 16, the one game in which it dropped points, the away game in Basel, the result of sloppiness rather than anything else. As ever, Jose Mourinho has improved his side significantly in its second season. United has proved capable of playing with both a back three and a back four this season, it has the tallest side left in the competition meaning it can physically dominate sides and when Paul Pogba is on form, his link up with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard offers a fluency that has been missing from United for some time. Sevilla is another example of what feels like a very modern trait in football. Going forward it can be devastating, but get beyond that and it's extremely vulnerable defensively – no side who made the last 16 conceded more than the 12 it did. The club let in four against Valencia and five against both Spartak Moscow and Real Madrid. It also gave up a three-goal start to Liverpool at home before coming back to draw 3-3. Mourinho had said he is “never lucky in draws” but this could have been a lot worse.

REAL MADRID vs. PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

The stand out as tie of the round: the old money against the nouveaux riches. PSG sets a new record for goals scored during the group stage, banging in 25 in six games, and it's streets clear in Ligue Un. It responded to last season’s collapse against Barcelona in the last 16 by agreeing record-breaking deals to being in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and the result has been a side capable of spectacular attacking football. The question, though, is over their defense which is so rarely tested that it’s very hard to assess. The way it leaked goals in losing its final group game 3-1 to Bayern – when a four-goal defeat would have seen it lose top spot – only added to the concerns.

The defending champion, the first side to win the tournament in successive seasons since the change to the Champions League format, has begun the season slowly. Madrid was well-beaten by Tottenham at Wembley and has dozed through a number of games this season. But then it was the same last season and still won both league and Champions League. Whatever questions remain about Zinedine Zidane’s tactical acumen, it has such attacking quality – plus Luka Modric to knit everything together - that it can never be written off. The sides have only been drawn together once before, in the group stage in 2015-16 when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Nacho scored the only goal at the Bernabeu.

SHAKHTAR vs. ROMA

When Roma was outplayed at home by Atletico Madrid in its opening group game, clinging on for a 0-0 draw, the suspicion was that it would take new coach Eusebio Di Francesco time to adapt to the Champions League. As it turned out, that process of adaptation didn’t take long at all. Although it lost in Madrid, Roma didn’t concede at all at home and took four points off Chelsea, coming from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 at Stamford Bridge and hammering the Premier League side 3-0 at home. Considering what Shakhtar has been through, having to relocate to Kharkiv because of the war in Donetsk, to reach this stage is a remarkable achievement. This side remains based around Brazilian imports, but that process has stalled with no new signings from Brazil in four years. The fear was that the departure of Mircea Lucescu last year would undermine it, but its enjoyed a new lease of life under Paulo Fonseca, who dressed up as Zorro to celebrate the team's progress from the group stage.

CHELSEA vs. BARCELONA

When Barcelona was beaten 5-1 on aggregate by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup this looked like being a season of toil. It lost Neymar over the summer while the player it brought in to replace him, Ousmane Dembele, was soon ruled out with a serious hamstring problem. He should be back by the time the knockouts begin. Yet the crisis never materialized as Lionel Messi, seemingly fired by anger at the mess of a summer, inspired the Spanish giants to the top of la Liga. With Antonio Conte having effectively written off the Premier League following Saturday’s defeat away to West Ham, the Champions League probably becomes the focus as it’s a trophy Conte has never won but for all the doubts about how Juve performed in the competition under him, Chelsea produced its best performance of the season, perhaps even its best performance under the Italian. There is a reliance on Eden Hazard and, to a lesser extent, Alvaro Morata but, with everybody fit, Chelsea will be a threat. The sides have developed a strange long-distance rivalry over seven ties (and 15 games), most notably in Champions League semi-finals. In 2009, Andres Iniesta scored an injury-time equalizer in a controversial second leg at Stamford Bridge to take Barca through; three years later, Chelsea ground out a 1-0 at home before drawing 2-2 at the Camp Nou on its way to the trophy.

BESIKTAS vs. BAYERN MUNICH

After a difficult start to the season that saw Carlo Ancelotti sacked, Bayern has improved dramatically since Jupp Heynckes took over. The German team is well-clear at the top of the Bundesliga and, while nobody would suggest its playing in the way they did when they won the trophy in 2013, Heynckes has always reached at least the final in three seasons with Bayern, and there is a sense that its slowly improving. Bayern misses its inspirational goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who is expected to be out till April with a broken bone in his foot but both Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcantara should be back in time for the first leg, The Turkish champion was arguably the revelations of the group stage, passing unbeaten through six games and winning all three away matches. Senol Gunes’s side are ideally set up to play on the break, with a well-balanced front three. Ricardo Quaresma stays wide on the right, Cenk Tosun is a mobile center forward who offers an aerial threat, and Ryan Babel is dangerous coming on off the left flank to attack the back post.

Totti urges Roma focus on Serie A despite encouraging Champions League draw

Francesco Totti insists Serie A must remain Roma's "main objective" despite the prospect of a favourable Champions League draw.

Champions League Round of 16: Chelsea Faces Barcelona, Real Madrid Lands PSG

The Champions League Round of 16 draw took place on Monday at the home of UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland and rewarded us with some attracting fixtures including defending champion Real Madrid taking on star-studded Paris Saint-Germain and a return of a classic between Chelsea and Barcelona.

Other mouthwatering matchups include Tottenham Hotspur vs Juventus and Liverpool vs FC Porto. Manchester City was handed a less complicated route as Pep Guardiola’s team faces Basel, while United travels to Sevilla.

The ceremony was held by UEFA’s deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti,, UEFA’s head of club competitions, Michael Heselschwerdt and former Spain international, Xabi Alonso.

The first four legs take place on February 13 and 14, while the next four the following week. As it is customary, the group winners are away in the first leg.

The return matches are held in March (6,7 and 13/14) After the matches are completed, the draw for the quarter-finals take place on Friday 16.

Here is the full list:

Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur

Basel vs Manchester City

FC Porto vs Liverpool

Sevilla vs Manchester United

Real Madrid vs PSG

Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Roma

Chelsea vs Barcelona

Bayern Munich vs Besiktas

Champions League draw, round of 16: live updates

Bet on the 2017/2018 Champions League and get £10 first bet insurance with Genting Bet Chelsea vs Barcelona, Tottenham vs Juventus Man City vs Basel, Liverpool vs Porto Manchester United vs Sevilla 11:35AM We meet again The other cracker involving an English side is Spurs against Juventus. Mauricio Pochettino's side played the Italians in pre-season and beat them 2-0 at Wembley. Another nailed on English victory then... Of course, the overwhelming tie of the round is Real Madrid vs PSG. The two sides were first and third in the pre-draw betting to lift the trophy in May, but one of them will not even make it to the quarter-finals. The two teams faced each other in the 2015/16 group stage when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Real triumphed 1-0 at home. The French side are a rather different prospect nowadays though. Another tough test but afer beating Madrid there will be no fear. Let's make sure we get Wembley rocking ����— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) December 11, 2017 Real Madrid v PSG, Chelsea v Barcelona and Spurs v Juventus are mouth-watering ties in the last 16 of the Champions League. Ooooft!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 11, 2017 11:26AM Reaction Well, from an English perspective that Chelsea tie against Barcelona is the tastiest. This is the sixth time those two sides have been drawn against each other in the Champions League knockout stages (plus one time they were in the same group). The overall knockout stage score since the turn of the century is: Barcelona 3 Chelsea 2. 11:21AM Full draw Juventus vs Tottenham Basel vs Manchester City Porto vs Liverpool Sevilla vs Manchester United Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Chelsea vs Barcelona Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game eight Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game seven Chelsea vs Barcelona 11:18AM Round of 16 - game six Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma 11:17AM Round of 16 - game five Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 11:16AM Round of 16 - game four Sevilla vs Manchester United 11:16AM Round of 16 - game three Porto vs Liverpool 11:15AM Round of 16 - game two Basel vs Manchester City 11:14AM Round of 16 - game one Juventus vs Tottenham 11:12AM And it's live The draw has begun. Sort of. A man in a suit is currently - and incredibly tediously - running through the rules, regulations and permutations. 11:04AM Favourites It's almost draw time. Which team would you least like to face in the next round? Paris St-Germain are fairly short-priced favourites to succeed Real Madrid as champions, followed in the betting Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. If you fancy a flutter on Basel you can find odds of 300/1 knocking about. Real Madrid celebrate their 2016/17 Champions League success Credit: afp 10:53AM One year on This time last year there were only three English sides in the Champions League draw. Two of them had advanced as group winners - Arsenal and Leicester City. Manchester City joined them as runners-up. Arsenal and Leicester City are absent this time around, but it is a rather different outlook for the Premier League with England providing five of the 16 teams still remaining: England - 5 teams Spain - 3 teams Italy - 2 teams Germany, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, Turkey - 1 team 10:37AM Bring them on Speaking of Tottenham's potential opponents, Mauricio Pochettino gave some interesting quotes this weekend when asked about who he would prefer to face in the last 16. On the one hand you have Bayern Munich or Juventus. On the other you have Basel, Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams. I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams. You can see the game against Real Madrid. I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy. Do we believe him? 10:32AM Deserved reward For four of the five Premier League clubs in today's draw, they have the luxury of knowing that they are in the seeded section of the pot as group winners. Which, in theory, should mean an easy ride. And yet... Having gone undefeated in a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, Spurs could now find themselves facing Bayern Munich or Juventus in the first knockout round. The same fate might await Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. 10:20AM A numbers game How much could Chelsea failure to beat Atletico Madrid in their final group stage cost them? Win and they would have advanced top of the group. But draw - as they did 1-1 - and they would finish runners-up. Which now means a 41 per cent of facing Barcelona in the next round. Allow mathematician JulienGuyon to provide such insight: Here are the CORRECT #draw#probabilities for the round of 16 of the #ChampionsLeague, based on 4,000,000 simulations of the OFFICIAL DRAW PROCEDURE (which is quite complicated). Watch how likely Barcelona-Chelsea is: 41.3%! Then PSG-CHE & BES-CHE at 29.4% pic.twitter.com/PPpACBMdkt— Julien Guyon (@julienguyon1977) December 9, 2017 10:04AM Draw preview What is it? This is the draw for the last-16 stage of the Champions League. When is it? The draw will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017. What time is kick-off? The balls will be drawn at 11am (GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow all the action right here when this page turns into our live blog. Which English teams are involved? All five Premier League sides that entered European football's elite competition advanced through the group stage. That means Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will all take place in the last-16 draw. Chelsea were the only English team to make it through as runners-up, with the other four sides all topping their group. Chelsea drew their final group match against Atletico Madrid Credit: getty images Here is the full list of the 32 teams who will go into the pot: Group winners:  Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. How does the draw work? Two seeding pots will be formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. No team can play a club from their initial Champions League group or any side from their own country. Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March. Who can the Premier League sides face? Chelsea: Barcelona, Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester City: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla. Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham : Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Champions League draw, round of 16: live updates

Bet on the 2017/2018 Champions League and get £10 first bet insurance with Genting Bet 10:53AM One year on This time last year there were only three English sides in the Champions League draw. Two of them had advanced as group winners - Arsenal and Leicester City. Manchester City joined them as runners-up. Arsenal and Leicester City are absent this time around, but it is a rather different outlook for the Premier League with England providing five of the 16 teams still remaining: England - 5 teams Spain - 3 teams Italy - 2 teams Germany, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, Turkey - 1 team 10:37AM Bring them on Speaking of Tottenham's potential opponents, Mauricio Pochettino gave some interesting quotes this weekend when asked about who he would prefer to face in the last 16. On the one hand you have Bayern Munich or Juventus. On the other you have Basel, Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams. I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams. You can see the game against Real Madrid. I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy. Do we believe him? 10:32AM Deserved reward For four of the five Premier League clubs in today's draw, they have the luxury of knowing that they are in the seeded section of the pot as group winners. Which, in theory, should mean an easy ride. And yet... Having gone undefeated in a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, Spurs could now find themselves facing Bayern Munich or Juventus in the first knockout round. The same fate might await Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. 10:20AM A numbers game How much could Chelsea failure to beat Atletico Madrid in their final group stage cost them? Win and they would have advanced top of the group. But draw - as they did 1-1 - and they would finish runners-up. Which now means a 41 per cent of facing Barcelona in the next round. Allow mathematician JulienGuyon to provide such insight: Here are the CORRECT #draw#probabilities for the round of 16 of the #ChampionsLeague, based on 4,000,000 simulations of the OFFICIAL DRAW PROCEDURE (which is quite complicated). Watch how likely Barcelona-Chelsea is: 41.3%! Then PSG-CHE & BES-CHE at 29.4% pic.twitter.com/PPpACBMdkt— Julien Guyon (@julienguyon1977) December 9, 2017 10:04AM Draw preview What is it? This is the draw for the last-16 stage of the Champions League. When is it? The draw will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017. What time is kick-off? The balls will be drawn at 11am (GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow all the action right here when this page turns into our live blog. Which English teams are involved? All five Premier League sides that entered European football's elite competition advanced through the group stage. That means Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will all take place in the last-16 draw. Chelsea were the only English team to make it through as runners-up, with the other four sides all topping their group. Chelsea drew their final group match against Atletico Madrid Credit: getty images Here is the full list of the 32 teams who will go into the pot: Group winners:  Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. How does the draw work? Two seeding pots will be formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. No team can play a club from their initial Champions League group or any side from their own country. Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March. Who can the Premier League sides face? Chelsea: Barcelona, Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester City: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla. Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham : Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Napoli draws 0-0 against Fiorentina, fails to go back top

Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco looks down during the Serie A soccer match between Cheivo Verona and AS Roma at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (Simone Venezia/ANSA via AP)

Napoli draws 0-0 against Fiorentina, fails to go back top

Roma's Radja Nainggolan, left, and teammates react at the end of the Serie A soccer match between Cheivo Verona and AS Roma at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. The match ended 0-0. (Simone Venezia/ANSA via AP)

Napoli draws 0-0 against Fiorentina, fails to go back top

Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino grabs the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Cheivo Verona and AS Roma at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. The match ended 0-0. (Simone Venezia/ANSA via AP)

Napoli draws 0-0 against Fiorentina, fails to go back top

Chievo Verona players applaud fans at the end of the Serie A soccer match between Cheivo Verona and AS Roma at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. The match ended 0-0. (Simone Venezia/ANSA via AP)

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Roma's Bruno da Silva Peres (left) in action during the Serie A match against Chievo in Verona, on December 10, 2017

Roma's Bruno da Silva Peres (left) in action during the Serie A match against Chievo in Verona, on December 10, 2017

Roma's Bruno da Silva Peres (left) in action during the Serie A match against Chievo in Verona, on December 10, 2017 (AFP Photo/MIGUEL MEDINA)

Verona (Italy), 10/12/2017.- Chievo's goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino (L) applauds fans after the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 10 December 2017. (Italia) EFE/EPA/SIMONE VENEZIA

Verona (Italy), 10/12/2017.- Players of Chievo react after the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 10 December 2017. (Italia) EFE/EPA/SIMONE VENEZIA

Verona (Italy), 10/12/2017.- Players of Chievo (yellow) and Roma react after the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 10 December 2017. (Italia) EFE/EPA/SIMONE VENEZIA

Verona (Italy), 10/12/2017.- Roma's Edin Dzeko (2-L) in action against Chievo's Dario Dainelli (C) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 10 December 2017. (Italia) EFE/EPA/SIMONE VENEZIA

Verona (Italy), 10/12/2017.- Roma's Maxime Gonalons (R) in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 10 December 2017. (Italia) EFE/EPA/SIMONE VENEZIA

Verona (Italy), 10/12/2017.- Roma's Federico Fazio reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 10 December 2017. (Italia) EFE/EPA/SIMONE VENEZIA

Verona (Italy), 10/12/2017.- Roma's Edin Dzeko reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 10 December 2017. (Italia) EFE/EPA/SIMONE VENEZIA

Verona (Italy), 10/12/2017.- Roma's Stephan El Shaarawy and Chievo's Ivan Radovanovic in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match AC Chievo vs AS Roma at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy 10 December 2017. (Italia) EFE/EPA/SIMONE VENEZIA

Verona (Italy), 10/12/2017.- Chievo's Riccardo Meggiorini and Roma's Aleksandar Kolarov in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match AC Chievo vs AS Roma at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy 10 December 2017. (Italia) EFE/EPA/SIMONE VENEZIA

Verona (Italy), 10/12/2017.- Roma's head coach Eusebio Di Francesco reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match AC Chievo vs AS Roma at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy 10 December 2017. (Francia, Italia) EFE/EPA/SIMONE VENEZIA

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Rino Gattuso has never been bashful about his belligerence. The AC Milan manager had clocked only 10 days in the job before his side’s dead rubber Europa League defeat by Rijeka last Thursday compelled Ringhio, 'the Growl’, to betray his disgruntlement with his charges. “We have got to change direction,” he said. “Because we are going nowhere like this. When you wear the Milan jersey, you need to respect it. When we get a punch in the teeth, I get the feeling we never recover.” The World Cup-winning midfielder, a consummate scuffler who won two Champions Leagues and two Serie A titles in 13 years at the club, once butted the Tottenham coach Joe Jordan, a venture most who knew anything about the abrasive former Leeds United, Manchester United, Scotland and, yes, Milan centre-forward would happily swap with a kamikaze commission. In 2003 he was sent off for slapping the 6ft 5in Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the face and though the two ended up as team-mates during Milan’s last scudetto-winning campaign in 2010-11, the incorrigible Ibrahimovic had his revenge for that episode and a few salty training ground words, by picking Gattuso up and depositing him head first into a dressing room bin. One wonders if that is the kind of response Gattuso would welcome now. At least it shows some spirit. “When I lost a match I broke down in frustration,” he said. “Today players lose, take a selfie and put it on the internet. They make me sick.” It’s an attitude - a kind of disgust - that aligns a manager with supporters whose exasperation during six years of decline has curdled into revulsion and open revolt. It is also dangerous in two senses - firstly in a volatile football culture where fans are not unafraid of physical confrontation with players it could be misinterpreted. Secondly, although owners think they want a hardline approach, a disciplinarian to kick backsides and focus minds on a common purpose, they rarely have the stomach to see it through should the merest whiff of player alienation and resistance emanate from the training ground. Think of the clubs who appoint an insurgent to transform the atmosphere and practices - Real Madrid with John Toshack’s second appointment, say, or Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland - and before too long points of principle are sacrificed, along with the taskmaster, in pursuit of peace. And the trigger point usually follows public criticism of a player, a line Gattuso flirted with when addressing the travails of his £34m centre-forward in Croatia. “We all know his qualities, he's a player of international level,” he said. "He struggled today, he looked like a foreign object in the team. When you have the opportunity to play for 90 minutes wearing AC Milan's shirt you have to do more.” Gattuso confront Joe Jordan in 2011 Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini He has been in charge for only two games - a 2-2 draw with Benevento whose goalkeeper scored a 95th-minute equaliser to claim their first point of the season after 14 lost league matches - and the defeat by Rijeka that did not affect Milan’s place at the top of Europa League Group D in their first continental campaign for four seasons. Both set-backs were palpably the players’ fault but managers are always dispensable no matter their service and loyalty, especially at Milan. Mauro Tassotti and Cristian Brocchi, like Gattuso, have moved up from the youth department to run the first team in caretaker roles but left the club after not getting the full-time job while Clarence Seedorf and Pippo Inzaghi, team-mates of Gattuso, have also endured stints in charge since the club sacked Max Allegri in 2014. Twice during the past 3½ years they have looked outside and appointed Sinisa Mihajlovic and Vincenzo Montella but neither, despite winning one in two league games, have convinced an impatient club that they have solved the long-standing problems of brittleness and inconsistency. Despite a huge churn of players, systemic reform at youth and academy level, the hard work of elite development and fostering club culture, was avoided in preference for the quick fix – give the manager’s job to a favoured son and demand a miracle. Where Silvio Berlusconi had the drive 20 years before to rebuild an institution, the club was in the business of providing instant gratification on the cheap for the six years since their 2011 title until he finally completed the sale to Rossoneri Sport Investment last spring. It was a convoluted deal involving the stipulated payment of instalments, one of which was rescheduled, to Li Yonghong’s Luxembourg-based holding company. The €740m deal, it later emerged, was partly financed by a €303m bridging loan from Elliott Management, the New York hedge fund firm, repayable next November at an interest rate of 11.5 per cent for the first €180m and 7.7% on the remainder. Small wonder Li’s investment vehicle is looking to refinance before then because the conditions attached to the loan, as well as the eye-watering rate, means any default hands ownership of the club to the ‘vulture fund’. 'A knife wound would have been less painful than that goal,' Gattuso said of the Benevento equaliser Credit: CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images In addition to the mechanics of the serpentine takeover process and timetable, the specifics of Li’s business interests in China have been queried and his disputes with regulators there detailed by the New York Times last month. Like other things in Europe, the takeover has hardly led to the broad, sunlit uplands of institutional rejuvenation. Back in the summer of 2015, Berlusconi splurged €80m on five players but without a proper structure in place succeeded only in moving up from 10th to 7th in the league in spite of Carlos Bacca’s 18 goals. Before this season they spent €230m, bringing in Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Lucas Biglia, Franck Kessie, Nikola Kalinic and Fabio Borini. Bonucci, a terrific centre-back at Juventus and designed to be a talismanic signing, has been woeful, even though Montella switched to a back three after the 4-1 defeat by Lazio in September. His effort is conspicuous but the concentration lapses that persuaded Inter to let him go 10 years ago have returned as he tries to inspire a skittish team spooked by the crowd’s irritation. All the positives of his game at Juventus, the way he galloped forward or started attacks with diagonal, chipped passes are of little use to an anxious, dysfunctional team and the change of system has unnerved the excellent Alessio Romagnoli. Moreover the multiplicity of unsatsfactory options has fostered indecisive selection: Montella selected 20 different starters in 14 league games. Leonardo Bonucci has been out of sorts for club and country since moving to Milan from Juventus last summer Credit: Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP More than anything, the incontinent spree exposes a fundamental flaw with their recruitment process. Hardly any of Milan’s recent big money signings have prospered and the majority of them have been bombed out within a couple of years. Alessandro Matri, Luiz Adriano, Andrea Bertolacci, Gianluca Lapadula and Bacca were all brought in for significant fees over the past three season and each has already left for a loss apart from Bacca who is out on loan at Sevilla but has no desire to come back. So far they  have been beaten by Empoli, Lazio, Sampdoria, Roma, Inter and Napoli and have not scored at home in the league since Sept 20. A club that has spent heavily and is in the midst of complex, crucial refinancing negotiations said at the start of the season that Champions League qualification was an imperative. As it has to be for those who do not own their own stadiums and are trying to break into the top end of the Far East merchandising market. It’s where the money that would allow them to compete with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and the petrodollar giants has to come from. They are currently 13 points off fourth place which makes winning the Europa Cup an attractive alternative. Such a disjointed performance against Rijeka, therefore, has rattled even more cages. Andre Silva, who cost £35m, was singled out for criticism by Gattuso after his inept performance against Rijeka Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic In some circumstances Gattuso is the ideal hair shirt manager. The Pisa side he led to promotion to Serie B in 2016 were extraordinarily hard working and though they were relegated in 21st place at the end of their their first season back up after being unable to strengthen the squad significantly, they managed to draw 21 of 42 games and conceded only 36 goals, the second lowest in the division. That they managed to score a mere 23, however, illustrates that the virtues of diligence, discipline, coherent organisation, unyielding passion and commitment can only do so much to compensate for a lack of talent and invention. But even in those reduced circumstances, Gattuso managed to impose a coherent structure on the team, if not the club. At Milan that will not be enough. The problems with the team are a symptom of what is wrong with the club and introducing some bite in the dug-out because they have no bite on the pitch can only be a short-term solution. Gattuso can preach as much as he likes about the Milan way and the duty the players owe to the shirt but when you have new owners, new executives and new players the transfusion takes a lot longer. He may sort the defence out because that has been his forte but the success of ‘management by hand grenade’, as the former Swindon CEO, Nick Watkins, described Paolo Di Canio’s approach, is typically fleeting. The best young players in world football After five topsy-turvy seasons of decline, it is preposterous to think a turnaround could be achieved by Montella, a manager who has never qualified for the Champions League, and seemingly scattergun recruitment. It’s a long road back for the second most successful club in European history and establishing firm foundations with the investment would have seemed more logical than a dash for glory but perhaps with the loan the takeover vehicle required and its terms, it had to be that way. Prudence is rarely the seductive option but onfield it is likely to be Gattuso’s most effective approach and the 15,000 increase on average attendances from last season in the seven games so far is a positive sign amid the muddle. A goal against Bologna at San Siro on Sunday night would be an overdue step forward.

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