The Kracher lots are perfect, it could hardly have been more spectacular and difficult for the German quartet in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Record German soccer champions FC Bayern Munich meet Paris Saint-Germain's international superstar ensemble of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in a rematch for the 2020 final.
The German cup winner RB Leipzig has to deal with the English champions Manchester City with star coach Pep Guardiola, Borussia Dortmund with ex-winner FC Chelsea and Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt with SSC Naples, which is currently outstanding in Italy.
"I've always said we'll take it as it comes. Top game. Top opponent," commented Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic on Los Paris Saint-Germain on TV channel Sky. "One of the best teams in the world and Europe with world stars. I'm looking forward to the games. It's a draw that is a treat for any football fan."
Memories of 2020
Like RB Leipzig in particular: After progressing in second place behind Real Madrid, including the final gala against the royal team, the club from Saxony and coach Marco Rose will meet Manchester City - and thus also striker Erling Haaland. His former club Dortmund will have to compete with FC Chelsea, who finished first in the group stage and will travel with two professionals who are well known in Westphalia.
BVB meets ex-players
"We have a top team waiting for us. With (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang and (Christian) Pulisic we're meeting old friends. We're looking forward to seeing you again and of course we want to advance to the next round," explained BVB coach Edin Terzic.
One of the best teams in Europe at the moment will be opponents of Eintracht. "Ultimately, it was also to be expected that we would face a difficult opponent," said Frankfurt manager Markus Krösche about Napoli, the sovereign leader in Serie A. "We will do everything we can to get through to the next round. I don't think Naples so super happy to get us."
The first legs will take place on February 14, 15, 21 and 22. The second legs are on March 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th.