Champions League re-draw: Atlético, Man United to meet in last 16
After beginning the day with a botched Champions League draw that immediately affected Atlético Madrid, UEFA determined to scrap the entire thing and do it over on Monday afternoon.
The second draw noticed Atlético paired with Group F winners Manchester United in this yr’s last 16.
This would be the third consecutive season in which Atlético will play a Champions League knockout section tie towards a Premier League aspect, following conferences with Liverpool (2020) and Chelsea (2021) in the previous two editions. Atleti and United have confronted each other solely twice earlier than — in the now-defunct UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991.
The Rojiblancos superior 4-1 on mixture, eliminating the Pink Devils in the spherical of 16.
The apparent narrative facilities on Cristiano Ronaldo, who has demolished Atlético in this competitors over time — first as a Real Madrid participant, then throughout his first season at Juventus. It’s becoming that Diego Simeone’s males will want to discover a well beyond him and whichever group he’s on after so many cases the place they fell quick.
Manchester United sacked embattled supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjær last month and changed him with German tactician Ralf Rangnick following a poor begin to the season. United sit fifth in the Premier League, and Ronaldo’s heroics in the group stage (late objectives towards (*16*) and Atalanta) helped the two-time European Cup winners clinch their group with a recreation to spare.
Atlético escaped Group B on the ultimate day, beating Porto 3-1 to qualify in second place behind Liverpool, condemning the Portuguese aspect to the Europa League and forcing AC Milan out of European competitors solely.
The whole draw, take two:
Sporting CP-Manchester City
Atlético Madrid-Manchester United
This story will probably be up to date with dates, kickoff instances, and different related particulars as they emerge.