Champions League knockout draw reaction: Can Copenhagen upset the champions?

The Champions League knockout draw has been made, which has produced some tasty ties for the round of 16. As such, outright odds for the tournament have also changed, as we analyse some of the most exciting match-ups, and who could go all the way to win the trophy.

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Champions League knockout draw – Who is playing who in the round of 16?

The following clubs have been drawn to play each other in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) round of 16 stage, with the runners-up from the group stage playing at home in the first leg:

  • Porto v Arsenal
  • Napoli v Barcelona
  • PSG v Real Sociedad
  • Inter Milan v Atletico Madrid
  • PSV v Borussia Dortmund
  • Lazio v Bayern Munich
  • Copenhagen v Manchester City
  • RB Leipzig v Real Madrid

Standout ties

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Napoli v Barcelona

Barcelona have had some patchy form of late, not winning any of their last three games in all competitions, including getting beaten 3-2 by Antwerp in their last UCL outing. Playing them will be Napoli, who won the Serie A title last season, which makes this a particularly tasty tie.

Both are faltering a little since their respective domestic title wins last campaign, with Barcelona seven points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid in third, while Napoli are 14 points behind Serie A leaders Inter Milan in fifth. Nonetheless, the Italians may fancy themselves over two legs, while 5x winners Barcelona still have great expectation on their shoulders.

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Inter Milan v Atletico Madrid

Another Italian v Spanish tie sees 2022/23 finalists Inter Milan play Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid, with the manager having played for both clubs as a player. Inter are currently leading Serie A, while Atletico are eight points off the top of La Liga in fourth.

The former has won the UCL three times, while the latter have never won it, so they will be wondering if this could be their year. However, this will be a tough tie for both, but one that should produce plenty of drama.

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Copenhagen v Manchester City

Manchester United's conquerors Copenhagen have been rewarded with a tie against their noisy neighbours and current UCL holders Manchester City. The treble-winners will be huge favourites to go through to the quarter-finals, but should not take the Danes too lightly.

Copenhagen also knocked out Galatasaray to be here, and have reached the knockouts for only the second time in their history. They are third in the Danish top flight, but will be encouraged by City's faltering form in the Premier League, as they sit in fourth and five points off the top.

Current outrights

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Manchester City (11/5)

City are now 11/5 favourites to win the UCL after today's draw, which is not a surprise considering they are matched against the tournament underdogs Copenhagen. They also have the experience of winning it last season, and so will be expected to go far once again.

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Bayern Munich (4/1)

Bayern are now 4/1 second-favourites to lift the trophy, having been drawn against Lazio in the round of 16. The Italians are struggling in midtable in the Serie A, and so Bayern will fancy themselves to progress comfortably.

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Real Madrid (6/1)

Real are 6/1 third-favourites to win the UCL for a record 15th time, after being drawn against Leipzig. The Germans gave City a mini scare in their group, so will be no pushovers, but Real will still be fancied to progress.

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Arsenal (13/2)

Arsenal have come in at 13/2 fourth-favourites to win the UCL for the first time, after drawing Porto in the round of 16. The Gunners will be expected to go through over two legs, which will only enhance their chances of going all the way.


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