CGTN Sports Talk: Will ‘one-sided’ UCL Round of 16 bear any surprise?

CGTN Sports Talk EP268 UCL Round of 16 draw result.mp3

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The draw for the Round of 16 competitions at the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League was announced on Monday as follows:

Porto vs. Arsenal

Napoli vs. Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Sociedad

Inter Milan vs. Atletico Madrid

PSV vs. Borussia Dortmund

Lazio vs. Bayern Munich

Copenhagen vs. Manchester City

RB Leipzig vs. Real Madrid

UEFA have always been good at arranging dramatic matchups in the Champions League for decades because games between rising powers like City or PSG and traditional powerhouses including Real Madrid or Bayern can not only draw more attention, but also leave memorable stories.

However, this time, all of the supposed heavyweights seemed to be assigned underdogs they can handle. Of course, with matchups like these, the seemingly strong teams will find it very difficult to justify their failures if they are upset in the two-leg contests.

Draw result for the Round of 16 matchups at the UEFA Champions League. /CFP

Draw result for the Round of 16 matchups at the UEFA Champions League. /CFP

Draw result for the Round of 16 matchups at the UEFA Champions League. /CFP

Trophy of the UEFA Champions League. /CFP

Trophy of the UEFA Champions League. /CFP

Trophy of the UEFA Champions League. /CFP

Host: Li Xiang

Guest: Josh McNally

Cover designer: Feng Yuan

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