Champions League Round of 16 draw live updates: start time, predictions and analysis

Whenever someone mentions the Champions League, there are always certain teams that immediately come to mind. Each year, the competition is extreme, bubbling with illustrious teams made up of the best in the world. It’s often difficult to choose a clear favorite among those most likely to win the tournament, but there are always teams that you know will go far…

real Madrid

There is no more successful team in the history of the Champions League. Real Madrid have won the glittering trophy 14 times and don’t intend to stop there. After narrowly beating Liverpool in last year’s final, they will be hungry to retain their crown and continue to set near unassailable records for the rest of the footballing world.

With Balon d’Or winner Karim Benzema leading the way and a host of world-class talent in their ranks, who can stop them?

Paris Saint Germain

PSG tend to dominate the French league more seasons than not, but never seem to be able to prove their worth on the European stage. They got a taste of what it takes to stay in the competition until the very end in 2020, when they lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich in the final in Lisbon.

Kylian Mbappe is a player constantly linked with travel, but with Neymar, Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos in the squad, could this be their year?

Manchester City

And finally, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. It’s hard to ignore them when they have such a powerful striker in Erling Haaland breaking Premier League records left, right and centre.

They got off to a flying start in domestic life in England, as well as in their Champions League campaign. They are as desperate as anyone for a taste of glory in this competition, and this season could prove to be their best chance yet.

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