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Breaking: Bayern Munich draw Atletico Madrid (Update: Champions League draw declared void, will be redone)

NOT AGAIN. We can’t escape these guys.

The Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid Badges Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images

It’s official! Bayern Munich will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16. This’ll be the second year in a row where Bayern have faced Diego Simeone’s men in the UCL, after getting them in the group stages last season.

This is not a good draw, but it isn’t the worst possible thing that could’ve happened. Getting Chelsea would’ve probably been a worse draw for Bayern. Still, Atletico are insanely tough opponents, and Nagelsmann has a tough task on his hands. They added Antoine Greizmann back to their team this summer, on top of already having the likes of Joao Felix and Luis Suarez. Oh yeah, and they have Diego Simeone, a specialist at grinding down superior teams in UCL knockout games.

With the first game set to take place at the Wanda Metropolitano in February, Bayern have time to prepare — hopefully figuring out a plan to get more service to Robert Lewandowski and break down parked buses.

This and PSG vs Manchester United are probably the most even matchups in the whole Round of 16, with all the rest being horrendously lopsided. Most of those ties already have one team being overwhelming favorites. Bayern will also go into the Atletico tie as favorites, but the game will worry some fans. Hopefully, our UCL journey does not meet an ignominious end at the Round of 16, like what happened to Liverpool two seasons ago.

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What do you think of the draw?

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  • 21%
    NOOOO WHY
    (104 votes)
  • 78%
    YEAH BRING IT ON
    (378 votes)
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Update: Could there be a redraw?

Huge controversy on mistakes made by UEFA during the drawing process. Our writer RLD summed it up in the comments:

It appears that UEFA made technical errors during the draw that could have had an impact on the outcome.

They are summarized as follows:

1) They added Manchester United to Villarreal’s draw pot, even though they could not be paired due to being in the same group.

2) They added Liverpool to Atletico Madrid’s draw pot, even though they could not be paired due to being in the same group.

3) They failed to add Manchester United to Atletico Madrid’s draw pot, even though that was still a valid draw pairing.

Various news organizations are waiting on official word on what if anything UEFA are going to do to correct this.

Meanwhile ...


Update #2

UEFA might be close to repeating the draw ...


Update #4

The draw is being redone, lads! Much ado over nothing.

Also lol@UEFA for throwing an “external software provider” under the bus.