Atlético await Champions League knockout fate

Draw for next round of the European Cup take place at 12 CET

Champions League draw at 12 CET today

Champions League draw at 12 CET today

In just over two hours, Atletico Madrid will find out who they will face in the first knockout round of this season’s UEFA Champions League.

After winning their group, sealing progression into the round of 16 as a top seed, Atletico will know that there is no such thing as an easy game if they are to continue on to the quarter finals.

Last season we all remember the trip to Bayer Leverkusen, who snatched a 1-0 win over Atleti at the BayArena, only to fall short at the Vicente Calderon.

Options available for Atlético Madrid are: PSG, PSV, Juventus, Roma, Arsenal, Dynamo Kiev and Gent.

Gent became the first Belgian side in history to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League when they sealed second spot against Zenit St Petersburg last week.

Juventus are the most familiar side from the seven available, having played them in last season’s group stages. The Turin side then went on to face Barcelona in the final. Avoid. Roma would also present a trip to Italy.

PSG are the other strong side that Simeone would be looking to avoid. A tough trip to Paris against Zlatan and Cavani would be something to dodge if possible.

PSV progressed late on Wednesday evening with a last-gasp winner against CSKA Moscow, sending Manchester United out in the process.

Arsenal had to go to Greece and pull one out of the bag to progress, and did so against Olympiacos. With Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in their squad, Atleti will be familiar with their danger players.

Atlético Madrid has never faced Arsenal in European competition. The only fixture against the London side was the 2009 pre-season Emirates Cup (which Arsenal won 2-1).

Dynamo Kiev looks like one of the more favourable options, however a trip to Ukraine is unlikely to be high on Diego Simeone’s wishlist.

Remember, the top seeds always play away from home first.

Who do you want us to draw? Who do you definitely want us to avoid?

  • AlPacino

    Arsenal and Juventus are good teams, but we can beat them. Hopefully not PSG, Di Maria have caused me much trauma already.

  • Alec

    I would take Arsenal!