Man United to play Atleti in redone Champions League R/16 draws
Manchester United will play Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 — having initially been paired with Paris Saint-Germain in an erroneous initial draw that was declared null and void by UEFA. The French side will instead take on Real Madrid.
UEFA was forced to declare an initial Champions League last-16 draw void after a series of mistakes were made during the process in Switzerland on Monday morning.
Manchester United had been handed a tough last-16 tie against PSG — but only after being erroneously paired with Villarreal and then mistakenly left off the list of possible opponents to face Atletico Madrid.
After numerous clubs sought urgent clarification on what had happened, UEFA decided to declare the initial draw void. A redraw then took place on Monday afternoon, with Manchester United drawn against Atletico.
Real Madrid were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in a tie that is likely to infuriate the Spanish side. Real had initially been paired with Benfica — who sit 20 places below PSG in the UEFA club coefficient rankings — and had lobbied European football’s governing body to only restart the draw from the moment it went wrong, instead of declaring the entire process void.
Liverpool will take on Inter Milan, having initially been drawn against Salzburg, with Manchester City scheduled to play Sporting, instead of Villarreal. Chelsea will play Lille, a tie that had been drawn the first time around in Switzerland.
Elsewhere, Bayern Munich will play Salzburg, with Benfica taking on Ajax. The reigning Italian champions Juventus come up against Villarreal, the Europa League holders.
As usual the Round of 16 will be played over two legs, with seeded teams at home in the second legs.
The first legs are scheduled for February 15/16/22/23, with the second legs on March 8/9/15/16.