Graphic shows draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage 2019-20.


Champions League Last 16 draw 2019-20

By Chris Dinsdale

December 16, 2019 - The draw for the Last 16 in the Champions League pits defending champions Liverpool against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. Elsewhere ties of the round include 13-time champions Real Madrid against reigning Premier League title-holders Manchester City, Chelsea against competition heavyweights Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund taking on Paris St-Germain. The matches begin February 18-19.

The UEFA Champions League is contested by the highest ranked teams of the strongest UEFA national associations. It is the top club competition in European football and one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.

The Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide. The final of the 2012-13 tournament had the highest TV ratings to date, drawing 360 million television viewers. It was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England, where Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund in the first all-German Champions League final.

Liverpool are the defending champions. They defeated English rivals Tottenham Hotspur in last season’s final to win the title for the sixth time.

PUBLISHED: 16/12/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images