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The Champions League steps up a notch this morning with the draw for the last-16 stage.

Taking place in Nyon, the eight group winners and eight runners-up from the group stage will learn their fate ahead of the resumption of the competition in February.

Both Manchester United and Manchester City have put themselves in the best possible position having won their respective groups. They will be seeded for the draw, meaning they will face one of the eight runners-up and be at home for the deciding second leg.

United are in the hat for the first time in four years, when they beat Paris Saint-Germain away in a landmark result for then-caretaker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Current interim boss Ralf Rangnick will be hoping for a similarly memorable night.

City, meanwhile, will be looking to go one better than last season, where they lost in the final to Chelsea. They are in the knockout stage for the ninth season in a row.

The draw is set to take place from 11am UK time.

The draw for the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League has been made this morning, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all discovering who they will face.

With the draw for the first knockout phase of the competition seeded, meaning there was specific criteria for who could face who, with the group winners locking horns with runners-up, United have been handed the task of getting the better of French giants Paris Saint-Germain once again in the last-16 whilst City, who won Group A, will lock horns with Europa League title holders Villarreal.

Current Champions League holders Chelsea, who were on the runners-up side of the draw, will go head-to-head with French outfit Lille.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will face Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg.
Well, what a draw that is, with some big ties in the offing, not least for Manchester United. They will face Paris Saint-Germain. Atletico Madrid vs bayern Munich is also another very tasty looking tie.

The competition to become kings of Europe heats up later this morning as the draw for the Champions League round-of-16 is completed in Nyon, Switzerland.

All four Premier League teams will be in the hat, having all achieved qualification from the group stage which finished last week.

Manchester United, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s heroics topped a group including Atalanta, Villarreal and Young Boys, whilst City came out on top in one also involving Paris Saint-Germain.

Liverpool, who won the competition in 2019, finished a perfect six out of six from their group stage and are once again one of the favourites to lift Europe’s biggest prize.

Last season’s winners Chelsea remain in the hunt to retain their crown, but could only finish as runners-up.

No English sides can be drawn together but there is still a host of fascinating potential ties, with the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG all looking strong.

The draw starts from 11am UK time and Mirror Sport will have all the updates as they happen:

We’ll be keeping an eye on the Europa League draw as well. West Ham wait to discover their fate. As do Barcelona.

“It’ll be high intensity vs low intensity. If they keep clean sheets, Ronaldo will score goals, you can guarantee that.”

“I think they’ll get better as the season goes on. I think they’ll beat Manchester United. It’ll be a big one for [Mauricio] Pochettino. If you’re a top manager, at that club, you’ve got to win tournaments like this.”

The Champions League gets serious from here. Europe’s major clubs have their focus fixed firmly on the knock-out stages of the draw in Nyon, Switzerland.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea finished as group winners so will face a runner-up in the last-16, the most dangerous opponent of which is Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea, meanwhile, could draw any of Europe’s major sides such as Bayern Munich or Real Madrid after finishing second in their group. Follow Sportsmail’s JACK BEZANTS for live coverage of the Champions League last-16 draw as the Premier League quartet prepare to learn their fate.

Edinson Cavani has issued a fearless statement over Manchester United’s potential last 16 opponents in the Champions League ahead of Monday’s draw, insisting that they fear no one.

Cristiano Ronaldo spearheaded the Reds surge to qualification for the knockout stage after scoring the winning goal during the Old Trafford meetings with Villarreal and Atalanta before scoring the opener and a last-minute equaliser in the respective corresponding fixtures.

The win over the Yellow Submarine on the penultimate matchday ensured that their name was in the hat and as a result Ralf Rangnick afforded multiple changes from the side that beat Crystal Palace days earlier, handing debuts to Tom Heaton, Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage.

Rangnick will have to prepare his side to face any of Paris Saint-Germain, Sporting, Benfica, RB Salzburg, Atletico Madrid or Inter Milan in the first knockout round.

The last time that the Reds reached this stage was the 2018-19 season where they famously overcame PSG at the Parc des Princes but they will be hoping to avoid the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

However, striker Edinson Cavani is ready for whatever the draw throws up insisting there is no fear factor ahead of the prospect.

“Yes, it’s been a job very well done,” he told the United website.

“In spite of this Champions League being a tough competition, and then, at times, things became a little more difficult and there were moments when there was an entirely different complexion on things.

“But then as a result of a lot of hard work and a real obsession to achieve our prime target, which was to qualify into the last 16.

“But right now, we find ourselves in a wholly different position, a position where I think our first objective of getting out of the group stage has been achieved, but we’re now achieving another very important goal, and that is to top the group, which is also a really stand-out achievement of our qualification.”

Barcelona ultimately knocked United out in the quarter-finals after beating PSG in 2019 but a year later they slipped into the Europa League as they failed to move beyond the Parisiens, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir

He added: “Look, I have my own personal opinion on this, and everyone will have their own thoughts and views on this competition. I personally know and believe that, to win an overall competition, you have to come up against the very best.

“Sometimes you’re drawn against some teams, other times you’re drawn against other different sides. But I think that the best teams in Europe are involved in this competition. So I’m not really one for thinking, let’s see who we get in the draw!

“Whichever team that we get to play, the key will be that we trust and believe in ourselves, and in just how strong this team can be, and that we are calm in the knowledge that we can go out onto the pitch, against whoever we draw, with our own identity and personality.

“Our identity in the way we play, our own identity… So personally I’m not really one who really pays close attention to the draw.”

Hello and welcome to the Liverpool ECHO’s live blog as Liverpool prepare to discover their opponents for the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

We will be bringing you the latest updates from the draw, which is set to get underway from 11am in Nyon, Switzerland.

Jurgen Klopp’s side booked their place in the knockout phase of the competition with ease this season, winning all six group games to advance to the next stage.

The Reds can now face one of the following teams: Benfica, Inter Milan, RB Salzburg, PSG, Sporting Lisbon and Villarreal.

Liverpool will be away from home for the first leg of their last-16 tie and host the return game at Anfield.

First leg matches are scheduled to be played on February 15/16 and February 22/23, with the second legs to follow on March 8/9 and March 15/16.

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Attentions will focus on the Champions League this morning for the much-anticipated last-16 draw.

Manchester United and Manchester City are among four Premier League teams who are set to discover their first knock-out stage opponents in the marquee European competition this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo inspired United to top spot in Group F as the Old Trafford giants edged out Villarreal and Italian side Atalanta, while final-game opponents Young Boys finished bottom of the pile – even after victory over United during their September curtain-raiser.

As for City, meanwhile, they played out two thrilling games against PSG to emerge as Group A winners.

Liverpool won six from six and Chelsea finished as runners-up to Juventus in their group. Of course, UCL rules mean there can’t be any all-English ties at this stage of the competition anyway.

The stage is now set for this morning’s draw and here are the key details you need to know.

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