Six German teams have reached the knockout stages in the UEFA club competitions this season. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig did so in the Champions League Round of 16, while Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg, and Eintracht Frankfurt made it to the Round of 32 in the Europa League.
UEFA administered both draws on Monday afternoon, beginning with that for the Champions League.
The German teams there arguably avoided the most difficult opposition they could have faced, but they did draw quite strong opponents nonetheless.
Bayern Munich found out that they will face Chelsea in the last 16. It is unavoidable to mention that the two sides famously met in the UCL final in 2012 in Munich, where the Blues broke Bavarian hearts in a penalty shoot-out. Bayern had completely dominated the 120 minutes that preceded the spot-kicks but was somehow unable to make it count.
For the few Munich players that remain in the squad since then, it will serve as added motivation to knock out the English side this time.
Borussia Dortmund will take on Paris St. Germain. The French champions have a strong squad of world-class players, such as Neymar or Kylian Mbappe. That said, they have struggled to perform as a team on the biggest stage.
Another thing that makes this matchup interesting is the fact that Dortmund will face their former coach in PSG boss Thomas Tuchel.
Having reached the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in its history, RB Leipzig will play Tottenham Hotspur there. Obviously, Spurs will be the favorites to advance, but they cannot afford to underestimate RBL either.
After finishing third in their Champions League group, Bayer Leverkusen has dropped down to the Europa League but will face Champions League level caliber opponents in FC Porto. Eintracht Frankfurt goes up against Red Bull Salzburg in a duel of surprise semifinalists in the competition’s recent history.
Lastly, it may be argued that VfL Wolfsburg is the only one of the German teams to get a relatively easy draw on Monday, in Swedish side Malmo FF. But that does not have to mean anything.