NYON: Clubs from Europe’s Big Five leagues – England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – make up the entirety of the 16 outfits already certain of their places in the second round of the Champions League in the spring.
The complement is four English clubs, four Spanish, three German, three Italian and two French.
On Tuesday night holders Liverpool, Napoli – despite the overnight sacking of coach Carlo Ancelotti – Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Lyon, Valencia and Chelsea sealed progress to the exclusion of RB Salzburg, Internazionale, Zenit and Ajax.
Wednesday saw Italy’s Atalanta accompanying Manchester City from Group C and Atletico Madrid following Juventus from Group D.
The eight top seeds are thus: PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, Liverpool, Barcelona, RB Leipzig and Valencia.
The six known runners-up who cannot be drawn against a team from their own country in the round of 16 are Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Lyon, Napoli, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.
The draw takes place on Monday. The seeded group winners will play away from home first ensuring they have home advantage in the second leg.
The last 16 fixtures begin on February 18-19 and 25-26 with the second legs concluding the ties on March 10-11 and 17-18.
TUESDAY – Gp E: Napoli 4, Genk 0; Salzburg 0, Liverpool 2. Gp F: Borussia Dortmund 2, Slavia Prague 1; Inter 1, Barcelona 2. Gp G: Benfica 3,Zenit 0; Lyon 2, RB Leipzig 2. Gp H: Ajax 0, Valencia 1; Chelsea 2, Lille 1.
WEDNESDAY – Gp A: Brugge 1, Real Madrid 3; PSG 5, Galatasaray 0. Gp B: FC Bayern 3, Tottenham 1; Olympiacos 1, Crvena Zvezda [Red Star] 0. Gp C: Dinamo Zagreb 1, Man. City 4; Shakhtar 0, Atalanta 3. Gp D: At. Madrid 2, Lok. Moscow 0; Bayer Leverkusen 0, Juventus 2.