Champions League Last-16 Draw: Fixtures and schedule

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • Updated: 18 Dec 2023 11:27 GMT
  • 3 min read
Jack Grealish, Manchester City, 2023 Champions League
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Napoli versus Barcelona is the tie of the round from the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw.

The draw for the first knockout round was made in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, and resulted in a number of mouthwatering clashes.

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Italian champions Napoli will face Spanish champions Barcelona, with both sides struggling this season.

Champions League holders Man City were handed a draw against rank outsiders FC Copenhagen.

Last season's finalists Inter Milan were pitted against Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid.

The 2022 champions Real Madrid will play against RB Leipzig, while the 2020 winners Bayern Munich take on Lazio.

Arsenal were paired with Portuguese side Porto, while PSG will play Real Sociedad.

Both PSV and Borussia Dortmund will fancy their chances of making the quarter final after being drawn against each other.

What is the Champions League knockouts draw?

PSGReal Sociedad
InterAtletico Madrid
PSVBorussia Dortmund
LazioBayern Munich
FC CopenhagenMan City
RB LeipzigReal Madrid

The Champions League knockout stage draw featured the 16 teams who qualified from the group stages. Two teams qualified from each of the eight groups, with the group winners seeded for the last-16 draw and the runners-up unseeded.

The round of 16 draw had a few stipulations: no team could face another side from the same country (e.g. Manchester City can’t draw Arsenal), while they also couldn’t be drawn against a team they faced in the group stages.

Essentially, group winners faced a team who finished in second place in a different group, and they couldn't be from the same national association.

Man City are favourites to win the Champions League again
© ProShots - Man City are favourites to win the Champions League again

The Champions League last-16 ties will take place over two legs, with seeded teams at home in the second of the two games.

Last season, there were several eye-catching results at the round of 16 stage. Real Madrid beat Liverpool 6-2 on aggregate, Bayern Munich ran out 3-0 aggregate winners over Paris Saint-Germain, while eventual champions Man City smashed RB Leipzig 8-1 thanks to a 7-0 second-leg win at the Etihad Stadium.

When are the Champions League last-16 fixtures?

The 2023-24 Champions League last-16 fixtures will take place across a four-week period in February and March.

First-leg fixtures: 13 / 14 / 20 / 21 February 2024 

Second-leg fixtures: 5 / 6 / 12 / 13 March 2024

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