The draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League was annulled this Monday after the mistake made by UEFA during its development. It repeats at 3:00 p.m. The canceled draw had been benevolent with Real Madrid (Benfica had touched him), tough with Atlético and Villarreal (they were going to face Bayern and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City respectively) and had offered a great duel between Leo Messi’s PSG and Cristiano Ronaldo’s United.
Chelsea, the current European champions, had fallen to face Lille, the current winner of Ligue 1. Inter and Ajax would face in a tie between historical former European champions. This Juventus, who is experiencing a bad season in Serie A, was going to cross paths with Sporting de Portugal. And Liverpool, winner of the 2018-19 Champions League, was going to meet again with Salzburg, who was measured in the league in the 2019-20 edition of that competition.
It should be remembered that the final of this Champions 2021-22 will take place on May 28, 2022 at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. Former midfielder Andrei Arshavin, former Zenit and Arsenal player on other teams, born in the Russian city, took part in the draw.
The great absentee in these eighths is Barcelona, which had been present uninterruptedly in them since the 2004-05 season and this time could not overcome the first phase.
These were the invalidated matches of eighths:
Sporting de Portugal-Juventus