Benfica – Real Madrid, Atlético – Bayern and Villarreal – Manchester City, in the last 16 of the Champions League | Sports Carousel

The draw held in Nyon this morning has produced the following crosses for the knockout stages of the Champions League, as we have told you live on Carrusel Deportivo with Dani Garrido and the whole team:

Benfica – Real Madrid
Villarreal – Manchester City
Atlético de Madrid – Bayern


Manchester City
Real Madrid
Manchester United

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The way of the Spaniards

Real Madrid

The Italian Carlo Ancelotti did not miss his appointment with the knockout stages of the Champions League as the first in the group under the command of Real Madrid, signing his third classification as leader in three participations, after having gone down in history as the coach of the 10th European Cup of the white club.

Ensures regularity in the most prestigious competition, in which he achieved one hundred victories.

With his victory against Inter Milan, the team he has faced the most in his coaching career and eliminated in the semifinals of his first European Cup conquest, at the helm of AC Milan, Ancelotti is now the third coach with most wins in the history of the competition.

In his hand it will have to be the first, with the 115 games won by Alex Ferguson as the ceiling and only three victories to hunt down Arsene Wenger.

The year of the tenth crown with Real Madrid, his third Champions League as a coach after the two won with Milan, his team won all the games in the group stage except for a tie yielded in the visit to Juventus in Turin. Those 16 points helped him to be first, with 20 goals in favor and five against, and meet German Schalke 04 in the first tie on the way to the final won in Lisbon against Atlético de Madrid.

In his second season, 2003-04, Ancelotti improved his numbers in the first phase by signing a full of triumphs in a group in which he had been framed with Liverpool. Eighteen goals in favor in the six games and only two against invited us to dream of repeating success.

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Again, the hype paired Real Madrid with Schalke 04 in the round of 16, but the Whites fell short of the final, eliminated by Juventus in the semifinals.

Upon his return to the White House, the Italian coach conceded his first defeat at the helm of Real Madrid in a group stage, surprised by a debutant in the Champions League as the Sheriff at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. His triumphs in the other five games, graceful in the pulse with Inter Milan, allowed him to repeat the group lead with less punch than in his first stage, 14 goals in favor and after conceding three in the six days.

Ancelotti’s one hundred victories in the ‘Champions’ in 178 directed matches, with 41 draws and 37 defeats, are divided between his 42 victories under Milan, 24 with Real Madrid, ten with Chelsea, seven with Bayern Munich, six with PSG, five with Napoli, four with Parma and two with Juventus.

The Italian coach has Real Madrid the outstanding leader of LaLiga Santander, eight points above Sevilla, and qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with an image full of authority. With hardly any rotations, relying on a small group of players who have given him nine consecutive victories, he is thrown towards the goal of winning titles after a blank year for the team chaired by Florentino Pérez.

The conquest of the Spanish League, the one that is missing in his curriculum of the great ones, is his great objective, but ‘Carletto’ does not renounce anything in the Champions League, in which he does not see his favorite team but yes, for “quality” among the candidates to fight for the title.

At the moment he ensures 77% of triumphs as coach of Real Madrid in the Champions League. Out of 31 games, he emerged victorious in 24, by three draws and four defeats.

Atlético de Madrid

After Porto was beaten on Tuesday on the last day, Atlético de Madrid will enter the draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League on December 13 as second in their group, with Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United or Ajax already confirmed among their possible rivals, of which two are not yet known.

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Group H remains to be resolved this Wednesday, from which another possible Atlético adversary will come out in that round, between Chelsea, the current European champion and who precisely eliminated him a year ago in the round of 16, or Juventus, a time the two are tied at 12 points.

And group G must also be solved, where there may or may not be a rival for Atlético. If Sevilla is the first of his quartet, the Madrid team could not face him as they share nationality, as set out in the UEFA regulations for the Champions League draw. If not, Lille, Salzburg or Wolfsburg will emerge among their potential opponents, once all four have a chance to finish first.

Whatever the result of those last two quartets to be defined – and Liverpool avoided, because they shared a group with him, and Real Madrid, because they are of the same nationality – the draw is once again fearsome for Atlético, as has been stated. used in the last four years, always as second, both in 2018-19 and in 2019-20 and 2020-21. In two editions he was eliminated in the round of 16, in one in the quarterfinals.

The team coached by Diego Simeone, whose first four appearances always featured him in the round of 16 as the leader of his quartet (in 2013-14 and 2015-16 he reached the final, in 2016-17 the semifinals and in 2014-15 he fell in the quarterfinals), he takes on complexity again in his round of 16.

Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Chelsea (or Juventus, depending on the resolution of the group) emerge as the most demanding opponents without a doubt, all today above the level, at least in appearance, of Atlético.

Last year, for example, the rojiblanco team that was champion of the League, Bayern won 4-0 in Munich on the first day of the group stage and Chelsea devoured it in the round of 16 with a double and undeniable victory, both in Bucharest, the scene of the first leg, and in London.

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He has never faced City. Nor to United, although yes to Cristiano Ronaldo, his worst rival in some of the previous editions of the Champions League, although the ‘Red Devils’ are not as fearsome as the other three rivals.

Neither do Ajax, although their dominance of group C has been so imposing (against Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund and Besiktas), neither Lille nor Salzburg nor Wolfsburg, which can also transform this Wednesday in possible Atlético opponents


Villarreal, who beat Atalanta 2-3 on the last day of the group stage of the Champions League, has thus managed to sign their best record of victories and goals in favor in a qualifying round of the highest European competition.

The team led by Unai Emery has finished the first phase with 10 points in their locker and a balance of 3 wins, 1 draw and two losses with 12 goals in favor and 9 against.

In addition to Atalanta, the Villarreal team has won the Swiss Young Boys in their two duels (1-4 and 2-0); they fell to Manchester United, in both matches, (2-1 and 0-2) and signed a draw with Atalanta in the opening (2-2).

In his fourth participation in the competition, he has surpassed, with three triumphs, the previous record of victories, two, which he achieved in the 2005-2006 and 2008-2009 seasons, while the 12 goals achieved in this edition exceed the 9 achieved in the 2008-2009 campaign.

In addition, the ten points that he has added on this occasion equal the best record achieved in his first participation in the 2005-2006 season when he finished undefeated and in first position the first phase in which he added ten points.

On that occasion, Villarreal’s balance was two wins and four draws with three goals in favor and one against in a group that included English Manchester United, Portuguese Benfica and French Lille.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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