Champions League re-draw winners and losers: Are Manchester United better off?
A farcical yet somewhat entertaining Champions League draw saw UEFA have to hold a re-draw later in the day.
Manchester United were eventually drawn against Atletico Madrid for the last 16 tie, and there was plenty of change elsewhere.
Here is a look at the winners and losers and where Manchester United rank, among the teams who had their ties re-assigned…
Manchester City: As usual, City landed a relatively easy draw at both attempts. In the first draw they got Villarreal, and then were drawn against Sporting in the second and final draw.
Chelsea: Despite being runners-up, Chelsea got a great draw, landing Lille as their opponents and avoiding the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Ajax. Remarkably they drew Lille in both draws.
Villarreal: Villarreal were one of the first teams to kick up a fuss after being drawn against City in the bungled draw. A tie against Juventus won’t be easy, but it’s a little better, considering the poor season the Italian side are having.
Liverpool: Liverpool are in such great form at present, it probably doesn’t matter who they draw. They were first set to face Red Bull Salzburg, which was an easier tie, and now they will face Inter Milan, who are flying high top of Serie A.
Real Madrid: Real are understandably fuming. In the first draw they got Benfica, before the errors were made. Then they drew PSG.
Spanish newspaper AS reported: “The anger inside Madrid is monumental.”
PSG: A tie with United was not great for PSG, but a match-up with in-form Real Madrid is even worse. Real have to deal with the Kylian Mbappe to Real circus overshadowing the game, as well as former boss Carlo Ancelotti coming back to haunt them.
In the middle
Manchester United: It’s a relief to miss out on PSG, but Atletico Madrid was the second worse tie United could have got. It’s arguably more awkward, with Diego Simeone’s side notoriously tough to play against.
Atletico Madrid: While getting off the Bayern hook was good news for Atletico, being drawn against Cristiano Ronaldo was not. Ronaldo has three career hat-tricks against Atletico, and scored to deny them the 2014 Champions League final.
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