Seeding for the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League (UCL) round of 16 was finalized on Wednesday, and all English Premier League teams sailed through to the knockout stage.
As per the rules of Europe’s top flight, teams from the same countries cannot battle each other as well as the teams who played each other in the group stage of this season’s competition.
With the eagerly awaited round of 16 draw pegged on Monday, 7 November, here are the possible opponents for EPL’s four entrants.
Seeded teams: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester City, Napoli, Porto, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, and Benfica.
Unseeded teams: Borussia Dortmund, Club Brugge, Eintracht FrankfurtInter Milan, Liverpool,RB Leipzig,Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan. Manchester City’s possible opponents Pep Guardiola’s side secured the top spot in Group G last week following a goalless draw away at Borussia Dortmund.
On Thursday, they defeated Sevilla 3-1 at home, sealing the group-stage run without a single defeat. Man City amassed a total of 14 points from a possible 18.
As the Blues await to learn of their opponent, Club Brugge, Eintracht Frankfurt, Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, AC Milan could be drawn with the EPL favourites.
Chelsea Possible Opponents Chelsea’s six possible opponents include Borussia Dortmund, Club Brugge, Eintracht Frankfurt, Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and RB Leipzig.
Graham Potter’s side finished on top in group E with only a single defeat they suffered from Dinamo Zagreb during the tenure of Thomas Tuchel, who was fired hours after the loss.
Tottenham Hotspurs Possible Round Of 16 Opponents Tottenham progressed to the knockout stage after a hard effort and nerve-wracking evening in France against Marseille. Antonio Conte progressed following a 2-1 victory away from home.
On Thursday night, Spurs’ position in Group D changed six times, with three of the four clubs topping the group at some stage in the evening. However, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s 95th-minute goal secured Tottenhman much needed victory, which witnessed them finishing on top with 11 points.
Having progressed to the next round, Spurs will face one of the following teams; Borussia Dortmund, Club Brugge, Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, and AC Milan. Liverpool’s Possible Opponents
Liverpool’s possible opponents are interesting. FC Porto, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Benfica are lined up as opponents ready to square off with Jurgen Klopp’s side. All of the Reds’ opponents have a long-standing history with the English-based side.
Reds have faced FC Porto in each of the three seasons they’ve reached the final under Klopp. In 2019, Liverpool clashed with Bayern, where it defeated the Bundesliga giants 3-1 on aggregate, cruising to the finals.
If Liverpool are drawn with Real Madrid, it will be a grudge match which Mohamed Salah would openly appreciate to ‘settle the score’.
Last season, Liverpool lost 1-0 to Madrid in the final, and a re-run would see Klopp vying for revenge.