Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur
The first name drawn out of the pots was Italian giants Juventus, after a second place group stage finish to none other then Barcelona. Group stage surprise packets Tottenham were the ones drawn out to take on the current runners-up and they are ready after edging out reigning champions Real Madrid to the first place finish in their group.
Overall this is going to be a great game and it is a blessing in disguise that Juventus don’t have to come up against the in-form Spurs until next year considering current form. Early predictions will go in favor of Tottenham winning.
FC Basel vs Manchester City
After a tightly contested second place finish, FC Basel won’t be liking their chances of progression after being drawn out against the very impressive English league leaders Manchester City, who were favorites to top their group. The football gods were on City’s side as they were lucky enough to draw out the team everyone would have wanted to come up against.
Guardiola is looking at leading City onto Premier League glory this season and with this favorable second round draw there is no reason why he can’t set his sights on potentially winning the champions league, albeit no easy task.
FC Porto vs Liverpool
After finishing second place in their group Porto will play host to five-time champions league champions Liverpool as they look to build on their group stage win. Although susceptible to the odd shock defeat, Liverpool will start as favourites in this one as the trip to Anfield for Porto will be the hardest part of their campaign to date.
Liverpool will hope that their impressive attack led by Egyptian Mohammed Salah stay on form if they are any chance to win this tie and they will also need to iron out a few cracks in their defensive third.
Sevilla vs Manchester United
After an impressive comeback against Liverpool in the group stage reminiscent of Istanbul, Sevilla secured a second place finish and will come up against current Europa League champions Manchester United, who left it late to secure their first place finish.
Although inconsistent at times, United, who currently sit second place in the Premier League, will go into this one favorites but will need to be on form by the time the tie comes around, there are no second chances in the champions league and progression is a must for the Red Devils.
Real Madrid vs PSG
After a lackluster second place group stage finish behind Tottenham, reigning champions Real Madrid would have hoped for anyone but PSG who edged out Bayern Munich by +14 goal difference to the first place finish.
Goal machines PSG have their work cut out for them in one of the games of the round. This one is too hard to predict but if we had to make a selection we would probably go in favor of Paris Saint Germain who we know can pile on the goals but will we see a replay of last year where they through away their impressive first leg performance?
Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Roma
Shakhtar were surprise packets in the group stages edging out Napoli to a convincing second placed finish and they have managed to avoid a lot of the big named group stage winners instead they got the other surprise packets in Roma who managed a first place finish over Chelsea.
Roma go into this one as favorites but their trip to Ukraine will dictate how this tie will end up, they need to be strong and come away with a result to be any chance of progressing.
Chelsea vs FC Barcelona
Coming out of the pot second last, Chelsea could have only had two opponents and they were unluckily drawn against Barcelona in a game that will shape up to be one of the games of the round. Barcelona either way had to play a nightmare tie but have gotten away lightly avoiding Bayern Munich.
The current La Liga league leaders will go into this one as hot favorites but they can’t afford to take Chelsea lightly, these two have had some memorable matches in the past so all we can hope that this tie adds another to the list.
Bayern Munich vs Besiktas
After losing out on goal difference to PSG in the group stages Bayern Munich have been somewhat rewarded after drawing out Turkish club Besiktas, a dream fixture for Munich as they look to bounce back from what could have been a disaster second place finish.
We can’t see Bayern losing this one but they can’t take the Turkish giants lightly after they topped their group against the likes of AS Monaco and the on the rise Red Bull Leipzig.