Anybody who believed that one thing apart from incompetence was at work within the invalidated UEFA Champions League draw needed to look forward to the rework to finish to make certain the primary draw was merely botched.

As a result of the final recreation that was introduced for the upcoming spherical of 16 of the Champions League was Actual Madrid in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain.

Does anybody actually assume that UEFA desires to stay with the workforce that has gained this competitors greater than every other?

It is going to be nice tv to see Actual Madrid but once more meet seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, their fierce rival from his 17 seasons with FC Barcelona.

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However Actual Madrid have been actually hosed down royally within the course of, made crucial by a bug with Manchester United within the first draw, which UEFA attributed to a software program bug.

The attracts have been carried out by first choosing groups from the runner-up pool after which checking a pc program that indicated which of the group champions they have been allowed to play. The groups couldn’t compete in opposition to opponents from the identical nation or the teams through which they competed. Errors have been made by putting each Manchester United and Liverpool in draw pots for which they weren’t eligible.

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After UEFA introduced the cancellation of the primary draw, Actual Madrid have lobbied UEFA to restart the draw from the purpose the place the primary mistake was made and which is already on the sport board, in response to soccer journalist Arancha Rodriguez positioned video games intact.

One in every of them: Actual Madrid in opposition to Benfica.

UEFA didn’t comply with this request as there was no assure that the breakdown wouldn’t have an effect on the opposite parts of the draw.

So as an alternative of taking part in in opposition to Actual Madrid in opposition to Benfica, which is at present third within the Portuguese Primeira Liga and scored eight factors in Group E and was thus by far second behind Bayern Munich, Actual will play in opposition to PSG, which has the title within the Ligue 1 in France operating away and shedding Group A by a single level to English energy Manchester Metropolis.

Benfica gained solely two of their final 5 Champions League video games and ended their group with a minus 2 objective distinction. In two video games in opposition to Bayern, Benfica fell again with an combination results of 9-2.

Paris Saint-Germain separated from two conferences with Man Metropolis within the group stage. PSG have world superstars Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and reigning goalkeeper of the yr Gianluigi Donnarumma. Additionally within the squad is ex-Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who had beforehand vowed by no means to hitch a workforce that may compete with Madrid.

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After profitable the trophy in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Actual Madrid solely bought previous the final 16 as soon as within the final three tournaments, when Los Merengues misplaced to eventual champions Chelsea within the semifinals final yr.

In 2020, it was one other powerful draw – in opposition to Man Metropolis – that put the Spanish giants out of the best way.

PSG may additionally really feel a bit of offended by the brand new draw, though they put themselves on this state of affairs by failing to win their group.

That is how the brand new draw for the eight group champions went:

Group winners Unique draw opponent Ultimate opponent More durable / simpler?
Manchester metropolis Villarreal Sporting Lisbon More durable
Liverpool RB Salzburg Inter Milan More durable
Ajax Inter Milan Benfica Simpler
actual Madrid Benfica Paris St. Germain More durable
Bayern Munich Atletico Madrid RB Salzburg Simpler
Manchester United Paris St. Germain Atletico Madrid Simpler
LOSC Lille Chelsea Chelsea
Juventus Sporting Lisbon Villarreal Simpler

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