Andrew Robertson: Nobody wants to draw Liverpool in Champions League

Tanya Simon
December 12, 2019

Where and when is the draw for the second round of the Champions League?

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the last 15 minutes before Gonzalo Higuain made the game safe right at the death, as Leverkiusen head to the Europa League.

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The draw will consist of two seeding pots: the group winners, and the group runners-up. Teams who have already played together in the group stages cannot be drawn together, nor can teams from the same country. Half of the ties will get underway on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19, with the remaining eight first leg ties being played on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26.

All four Premier League teams have secured their spot in the knockout stages with Liverpool and Manchester City winning Group E and C respectively.

Chelsea, meanwhile, booked their place in the last 16 with a nervy 2-1 win over Lille.

Lyon know a win at home to Leipzig will see them through, but a draw could be enough if Zenit lose at Benfica.

When is the draw and where can I watch it live?

The draw will take place at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, from 10.45am on Monday 16 December.

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The draw will consist of two seeding pots: one for the winners of each group, and another for the runners-up.

It is that form which makes them such unenviable opposition, having beaten the likes of Bayern Munich, Roma, Manchester City and - most famously Barcelona in May over the last two seasons.

Standing in their way will be one of the following: Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Napoli, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Bayer Leverkusen.

Of course, teams can not be drawn against those they faced in the group stages or any side from their own association.

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The Reds will be paired with a team who finished second in their section - but can not face Napoli or fellow Premier League sides Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

"We still have a chance to stay in Europe, hopefully in the Champions League", he said.

Both could either be drawn against Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Barcelona or RB Leipzig, while Spurs can also face Valencia while Chelsea could come up against Bayern Munich. The Turkish and Belgian sides still have a Europa League place to play for.

Bayern Munich enjoyed qualification to the knockout stages with a ideal record after edging already qualified Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at the Allianz Arena in Group B. Shakhtar Donetsk are best placed as they welcome Atalanta, while Dinamo Zagreb will need to beat City at home and hope Shakhtar fail to win.

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