There are only four teams Manchester City can meet in the Champions League last 16, a unique situation that exists because the three other English clubs to qualify finished second and clubs from the same country can’t draw each other until the quarter-final round.
So with Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham out of the question, and Lyon impossible having qualified from the same group as City, that leaves just four possibilities for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Atletico Madrid of Spain are the the ones City will want to avoid most, with Diego Simeone’s men recent finalists and very good at two-legged knockout games.
Schalke of Germany are another possibility and with them sitting down in 13th in Germany’s Bundesliga, you’d fancy City to get the best of them over 180 minutes. It would also mean a trip back home for Leroy Sané for the first time since he swapped Gelsenkirchen for Manchester.
Roma of Serie A would see Edin Dzeko and Aleks Kolarov reunite against their former club and could pose a tough test, although their 8th position in Italy’s top flight is a sign of their form not being at its best. But remember, the Champions League doesn’t resume until February and much can happen between now and then.
The last potential opponent are Dutch giants Ajax, who showed their ability tonight by drawing 3-3 with Bayern Munich, a match in which they led. Frenkie de Jong, thought to be one of City’s top midfield targets, is a star player for the Eredivisie outfit.
The Champions League Round of 16 draw takes place on Monday 17 December at 11am. First legs will be played on February 13/14 and 19/20 and second legs on March 5/6 and 12/13