The Champions League last 16 draw has been finally released by UEFA after a technical problem caused a redraw. The draw was redone as Villarreal were mistakenly pitted against Manchester United who were their opponents in the group stage and United were also not in the pot that would face Atletico Madrid. Liverpool were included in Atleti's pot and Real Madrid were also in Villarreal's pot.
UEFA's rules clearly state that teams from the same country and teams that have qualified from the same group cannot face each other in the last 16 stage.
Real Madrid were the big losers due to the redraw as they were drawn against Lionel Messi's PSG while in the initial draw they came up against Benfica. It sets up a Real Madrid reunion for defender Sergio Ramos who left the Spanish giants in the summer and Messi also returns to Spain for the first time since his move from Barcelona.
The only matchup that remained the same after the redraw was that of the European Champions Chelsea, who will be facing Lille. Bayern Munich will face Austrian side RB Salzburg who are making their debut in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
In the initial draw, Manchester United were up against PSG who they beat two years ago but now face Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid.
2019 champions Liverpool will lock horns with Italian giants Inter Milan while Benfica face high-flying Ajax. The other two games include Premier League champions Manchester City, who were drawn against Sporting Lisbon and Europa League winners Villarreal will play Juventus.