Man United among Champions League last 16

Man United among Champions League last 16

The only solution to throw the tournament open again would probably be to reintroduce a straight knockout system, with no seedings, like it was before the Champions League era began.

Here, we take a look at their potential opponents, those of fellow Premier League sides Manchester City, Tottenham (who are both confirmed as group winners), and Liverpool...

Placing five teams in the Champions League knockout rounds (nearly a third of the participants) is an outstanding feat. The victor of playoff three will also join this group.

PSV won the European Cup in 1988, while Celtic lifted the trophy in 1967.

However, the easy paths each team took to the Round of 16 must be taken into account. On current form PSG is probably the last team we'd want to draw, and we'd probably pick Basel over Roma if given the choice.

Manchester City went through as Group F winners despite their 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk, while Tottenham are also through in first place having wrapped up their group campaign with a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia.

Man United among Champions League last 16
Man United among Champions League last 16

16 - Unlike Benfica, Basel can still reach the last 16.

Bayern Munich still finished second in Group B with 15 points, the same as PSG but the goal differential is what proved to make the difference in the final standings. Also, being up by several goals would be much better for the ol' ticker.

Anything else you need to know? Spurs earned a win and a draw over two-time reigning champion Real Madrid and twice beat Borussia Dortmund. That turned out to be enough for Roma to win the section ahead of Chelsea, who had to come from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Atletico.Saul Niguez headed Atletico in front on 56 minutes at Stamford Bridge, but Eden Hazard's ball across goal was turned into his own net by Stefan Savic to restore parity.

The Champions League group stage saw more goals in 2017-18 than in any previous season in the history of the competition, with 306 scored in total.

Indeed, the changes implemented in time for next season, guaranteeing four group-stage spots for clubs from Spain, Germany, England and Italy, are really a step closer to a closed league for the elite.

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