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Real Madrid to discover Champions League last-16 opponents on Monday

Here are the possibilities

UEFA Champions League 2022/23 Round of 16 Draw

Real Madrid will find out their Champions League round-of-16 opponents on Monday, in a draw to be held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon (11am GMT). Carlo Ancelotti’s men will be top seeds having finished as leaders of Group C, and their potential opposition are Copenhagen, PSV, Inter, RB Leipzig, Porto, PSG, and Lazio.

LISTEN: Managing Madrid’s Kiyan Sobhani and Siddharth Ramsundar discuss who they want Real Madrid to face in the round-of-16 on Tuesday night’s post-game podcast.

Real Madrid finished first in Group C with 18 points, scoring 16 goals and conceding only seven. They are the only team, along with Manchester City, to have finished the group stages with a perfect record.

The draw will feature two pots comprising the eight group winners and the eight runners-up. Teams cannot be drawn against another side from the same association or a team that they came up against in the Group Stage.

Real Madrid will contest the first leg, which will be away from home, on 13, 14, 20, or 21 of February, with the return leg to be played at the Santiago Bernabéu on the 5, 6, 12, or 13 March.

The draw will reveal some tough challenges for Real Madrid. They have faced some of Europe’s best teams in recent years, en route to their long Champions League runs, and this season, there are some strong teams who finished second in their respective groups.

PSG are one of those teams. Though they are not as strong as they have been in recent years, they have the ability to create chances and be very dangerous in transition. They also have Kylian Mbappé, on of the biggest game changers in world football.

Meanwhile, Inter are least season’s Champions League finalists, PSV are on a surge, and Porto gave Barcelona lots of problems across two games in the group stages.

Real Madrid will hope to overcome these tough opponents and make yet another historic run in the Champions League. They have the squad and ceiling to beat anyone, though, they will hope to recover key players like Eduardo Camavinga, Vinicius Jr, Dani Carvajal, and Aurelien Tchouameni in a timely manner — and ideally they would like to have their full squad available in full rhythm for the Champions League knockouts.

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