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Will Real Madrid become the first club to defend champions league title?

Only 22 teams have lifted Europe’s most coveted trophy since its inception in 1955. While in the initial years, the likes of Real Madrid, Benfica, Inter Milan, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Nottingham Forest all managed to win the competition in successive seasons. No team has been able to repeat the feat since the introduction of the new format in 1992. With the rule change, teams that weren’t the champions of their respective leagues are allowed to participate in the competition as well, hence the top four trend.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, who won their group ahead of French champions Paris Saint-Germain, have been rewarded with home and away legs against German giants Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side, having had to make do with finishing second in their group behind Barcelona, will play Ligue 1 side Monaco, hosting the principality side in the first leg. The third Premier League club still involved in the competition, English champions Leicester CIty, won their group and as a result are set to take on Spanish side Sevilla. Elsewhere, holders Real Madrid will lock horns with Serie A side Napoli, and fellow Spanish giants Barcelona take on Paris Saint-Germain. RELATED NEWS STORIES: Arsenal and Liverpool Fans Think We Look Like Champions, For Sure – Ex-Chelsea Star Arsene Wenger Sets Minimum Absence Period For Shkodran Mustafi Yes, Stance Has Changed, But No Asking Price Set – Wolfsburg Sporting Director On Arsenal Target Pace, Power, Teams Will Struggle To Contain Arsenal, Stoke Boss Admits Class Is Permanent – Leeds United Star Hails Jamie Vardy’s Hat-Trick Portuguese giants Benfica meanwhile have to contend with Borussia Dortmund for a place in the quarter-finals. The second Portuguese side still involved, FC Porto, are to take on Juventus. Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile play Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid. The Round of 16 first legs are due to be played over 14th to 15th and 21st to 22nd of February, with the return legs being set for 7th to 8th and 14th to 15th March. The final this season is at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 3rd June. 2016/17 Champions League Round of 16 Draw Manchester City vs Monaco Real Madrid vs Napoli Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich vs Arsenal FC Porto vs Juventus Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid Paris Saint-Germain vs Barcelona Sevilla vs Leicester City

While every season came with the assumption that the previous year’s champion have great odds at retaining the crown, it has never happen.

Is this the year football lovers have long waited for? Will Real Madrid be the team to break this champions league jinx?

 

 

 

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