The last games in the group this past Tuesday and Wednesday brought with it the final names to go forward into the knock out stage of this seasons Champions League competition. The draw will be held at 6 a.m. ET time and you can follow it live from Nyon via UEFA.com. So how does it work? As you may remember, there were eight Groups (A-H) in the first stage of the Champions League so basically the winners of each eight groups will be drawn against the runner-ups of each one, with a few exceptions.
A team cannot be drawn, for this stage, against a side from the same country or the side they played during Group play. The winning list consists of Manchester United FC, Real Madrid CF, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Bayern München, Chelsea FC, Borussia Dortmund, Club Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona. The runner-ups pot consists of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Galatasaray AŞ, Olympiacos FC, Manchester City FC, FC Schalke 04, Arsenal FC, FC Zenit, AC Milan.
As an example, let’s take a look at the team I support. Manchester City is in the runner-ups section but will not be able to face Chelsea or Manchester United (from the same country) nor Bayern Munich (same Group). That leaves Real and Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund or Paris St Germain. Another thing that either goes in favor or against the seeded Group winners, depending on your preference, is that the away leg will be played first followed by the home leg. Some sides prefer to do the damage at home in the first game before controlling the away game, while others like the away game first before bringing the tie back to home advantage knowing exactly what they need to do to qualify.