The Champions League group stage is reaching its conclusion, bringing the Round of 16 and business end of the competition onto the horizon.
For the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and defending champions Bayern Munich, it’s been a breeze on the continent so far, with the aforementioned trio securing their place in the knockout rounds well in advance and enjoying unbeaten records to this point.
For others, such as Manchester United and 13-time winners Real Madrid, it’s been anything but straightforward, with plenty of work still needed in the final group-stage match to secure their passage beyond this stage.
So, when is the draw for the Champions League round-of-16 stage, who is involved and when will the action take place?
When is the draw for the Champions League round-of-16 and how can I watch?
The round-of-16 draw will be held at Uefa’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday, December 14th at 12:00 CET (11:00 UK time).
Uefa will be live-streaming the draw via this link.
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Who will be involved in the Champions League last-16 draw and how does it work?
The draw will feature the eight Champions League group winners, who will go into the “seeded” pot, and the eight runners-up, who will make up the “unseeded” pot.
Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are the four teams confirmed in the seeded pot so far, having already won their groups, while Porto and Sevilla will go into the unseeded pot after sealing qualification as runners-up in their groups. Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and Juventus have also booked their place in the round-of-16 but their final group standings are yet to be decided.
The seeded teams will host the second leg at their home grounds and no team can play a club from their 2020/21 Champions League group or their own national association.
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When does the Champions League Round of 16 take place?
The round-of-16 first legs are due to take place on February 15th and 16th, while the second legs will take place a month later on March 16th and 17th. All kick-offs are at 21:00 CET (20:00 UK time). Uefa have confirmed the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place on March 19th.