The UEFA Champions League knockout stage draw takes place on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland, and this promises to be a very fun selection. "Luck" is always a part of the draw, and some teams can have their entire future in the competition shaped by the strength of their opponents in the Round of 16.
This season especially, things are really interesting. After a somewhat crazy group stage, teams who won their groups are not exactly happy. Historically those teams would get an easier draw against the second-place sides who qualified, but this time around, it's tough. Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Sevila have all finished second, and the remaining three teams (Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica and Porto) are not easy either.
Barcelona will certainly get a tough team regardless of which name comes out of the ball on Monday, but things could get REALLY tough. Because of UEFA rules, teams from the same group and country cannot be drawn against each other in the Round of 16, so these are the five teams Barça can face:
- Bayern Munich (GER)
- Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
- Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
- Benfica (POR)
- Porto (POR)
Getting Bayern is the ultimate nightmare scenario, but none of the other four possible opponents are easy, even the Portuguese sides, who will get to play the first leg at their incredible home stadium atmospheres.
So we want to ask you: who do YOU want to see Barça face in the Round of 16? Please answer the poll below and use the comment section to explain your choice!