How the last-16 draw teed up a blockbuster month

Tuesday 14 December 2021 13:02

There was so much to dissect and discuss when the Champions League draw was completed for a second time on Monday afternoon, pairing Manchester United with Atletico Madrid.

The anticipated UEFA ceremony became a trending topic of conversation after a technical problem meant the initial draw result - which had matched us up with Paris Saint-Germain - had to be scrapped. 

Three hours later, an unprecedented redraw took place and Ralf Rangnick’s Reds were eventually given a fascinating tie against Diego Simeone’s respected La Liga champions. 

In case you missed it, the first leg will take place at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Spain on Wednesday 23 February, before the return fixture is held at Old Trafford on Tuesday 15 March.
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So how does this impact upon our fixture list?

Our trip to the Spanish capital will come just days after what promises to be a similarly intimidating experience: our Premier League match against Leeds United at Elland Road, currently set for Saturday 19 February (TBC). 

The last-16 first leg will be followed by an Old Trafford outing against Watford on Saturday 26 February (TBC), before we enter a month of games that has got fans excited.

Saturday 5 March | Manchester City (a), Premier League*
Saturday 12 March | Tottenham Hotspur (h), Premier League*
Tuesday 15 March | Atletico Madrid (h), Champions League
Saturday 19 March | Liverpool (a), Premier League*

*Subject to change.

So, which of these four colossal games are you most excited about?

Let us know below…

Which game in March are you most excited about?poll

Which game in March are you most excited about?

The last international break of the season will then take place in the final week of March, which is probably a good chance to take a breather.

Check out our Champions League last-16 article for more information on the draw.