They will be holidays for football fans. The four German round of 16 of the Champions League have received spectacular but also very difficult matches.
Nyon – The Kracher lots are perfect, it couldn’t be more spectacular and difficult for the German quartet in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Record-breaking German football champions FC Bayern Munich meet Paris Saint-Germain’s international superstar ensemble of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in a rematch for the 2020 final.
German Cup winner RB Leipzig faces English champions Manchester City with manager Pep Guardiola, Borussia Dortmund with former FC Chelsea winner and Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt with SSC Naples, which is currently exceptional in Italy.
“I’ve always said we’ll take it as it comes. The best game. The best opponent,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic commented to Los Paris Saint-Germain on Sky TV. “One of the best teams in the world and in Europe with world stars. I’m looking forward to the games. It’s a draw that is a pleasure for any football fan.”
Memories of 2020
In the summer of 2020 Bayern won the final 1-0 and the Parisians had and must continue to dream of their first major triumph in the European master class. “He is one of the toughest opponents you can reach,” Bayern managing director Oliver Kahn pointed out and announced two very interesting matches, according to him the odds: 50:50. Having lost to Villarreal in last season’s quarter-finals, Bayern now face a difficult task in the round of 16.
Like RB Leipzig in particular: after moving up to second place behind Real Madrid, including the final gala against the royal team, the Saxon club and manager Marco Rose will meet Manchester City, and thus also striker Erling Haaland . His former club Dortmund will have to compete with FC Chelsea, who finished first in the group stage and will travel with two well-known professionals in Westphalia.
BVB meets former players
“We have a high-level team waiting for us. With (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang and (Christian) Pulisic we meet old friends. We look forward to seeing you again and of course we want to move on to the next round,” explained the BVB manager. Edin Terzic.
One of the best teams in Europe at the moment will be Eintracht. “In the end, it was also to be expected that we would face a difficult opponent,” said Frankfurt manager Markus Krösche of Napoli, the sovereign leader in Serie A. “We will do everything to move on to the next round. Don’t think that Napoli are so super happy to have us. “
The first legs will be played on 14, 15, 21 and 22 February. The return matches are on 7, 8, 14 and 15 March.