January 29, 2022

Round of 16 draw: PSG finally inherits Real Madrid, Lille (re) falls on Chelsea

Luck only lasts a short time. Rather well off during the first draw made this Monday in Nyon, finally canceled, PSG hit the jackpot in the second since it is an XXL duel that awaits it with Real Madrid of Karim Benzema and Carlo Ancelotti in Round of 16 of the Champions League. An insane shock that will also make talk on the other side of the Pyrenees since the Madrid club had, at first, pulled Benfica. For Lille, on the other hand, it is status quo since the champions of France obtained the same opponent: the European champion Chelsea of ​​Thomas Tuchel.
You should have seen Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA vice-secretary general, feverish when it comes time to launch hostilities again to understand the stakes of a second draw. If the decision to redo the entire draw seemed fair, it will be sure to spark many conversations between now and next February. Because the XXL duel that is announced between PSG and Real Madrid does not help either of the two teams. For Paris, the Madrid club was one of the tenors to avoid so early, as Casa Blanca surfs on La Liga and on an unwavering confidence of its executives, like a royal Karim Benzema. For Real, the Parisian club also looked like the 2nd in the group to absolutely avoid as the Parisian offensive power can bend any giant.

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It is therefore a duel of galactics that will be organized, as was the case in 2017-2018, a time when Cristiano Ronaldo had all his weight in the Parisian elimination. He will not be there in February but Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos yes, for a very symbolic reunion. A man will however be even more watched: Kylian Mbappé, at the heart of an aborted transfer last summer within the Madrid club and whose future should return to the heart of rumors in the coming weeks.

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For Lille, no change since Stade-Mauroy will have the honor of welcoming Chelsea, reigning European champion. Facing Thomas Tuchel’s troop, Lille will have the right to a prestigious, exciting and intriguing duel. Sportingly, the power of the Blues is indisputable but, with a return match at home and attackers who could enjoy the transition, Lille will not have to approach this duel as an expiatory victim, especially if the current dynamics of Chelsea continue.

For the rest, some giants, like Bayern Munich who will face FC Salzburg rather than Atlético de Madrid, are hugging relief. Others much less, like Liverpool who will have a hard time facing Inter Milan. From PSG to Atlético de Madrid: Manchester United of Ralf Rangnick will also have a real fight to play to hope to see the quarter-finals.

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