The Champions League group stages come to an end this week.
After a hectic schedule for the 32 clubs involved to date, the teams that make it through to the knockout stages won’t have to worry about another European fixture after this week until mid-February.
A number of teams have already made it through, and some even have the luxury of knowing they’ve already won their group, giving them the crucial luxury to rest players in the run-up to the packed Christmas schedule.
Here’s everything you need to know about the draw for the next stage of the competition as the final group games are played.
When is the Champions League draw?
Fans of the 16 teams who make it through to the next round of the Champions League won’t have long to wait to find out who their opponents are.
The draw will be held on Monday December 14 at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
UEFA’s ceremony will begin at 11am and the draw will start shortly afterwards, once the introductions and format explanation are out the way.
Champions League draw format
All teams who make it through will be divided into two pots of eight; one for the group winners and another for the runners-up.
Clubs cannot play their group stage opponents in the last 16 or teams from the same country, meaning no all-Premier League clashes yet.
Group winners will be away for the first leg, giving them home advantage for the second half of the tie.
Who has qualified for the last 16?
Nine teams have already secured their spots in the second round with a final round of group games still to play. They are:
Bayern Munich (Group A): The reigning German and European champions have made light work of Group A, scoring 16 goals in five games to establish themselves as group winners.
Man City (Group C): Pep Guardiola’s side qualified after four group games, and a draw with Porto on matchday five secured their place as Group C winners. That could allow a few big names to have a night off this week.
Porto (Group C): While the Portuguese side can’t beat Man City to the top of Group C, their seven-point lead over Olympiacos and Marseille means their qualification is assured.
Liverpool (Group D): Nobody can surpass Liverpool at the top of Group D after four wins and one defeat from their opening five games. Good news for Jurgen Klopp, who is worried about injuries as the fixture list shows no sign of easing.
Chelsea (Group E): Became one of the first two sides to qualify thanks to victory over Rennes in matchday four, Olivier Giroud’s four goals against Sevilla last time out secured top spot for Frank Lampard’s side with a game to spare.
Sevilla (Group E):Chelsea ’s Group E rivals Sevilla have also made it through, securing qualification after four games. Having lost to Chelsea twice, they can’t overtake the Blues, meaning they will definitely be an unseeded runner up in the last 16 draw.
Borussia Dortmund (Group F): Boasting this season’s joint top-scorer so far, the sensational Erling Braut Haaland, Dortmund’s place in the last 16 is assured, though they’re not confirmed winners of Group F.
Barcelona (Group G): Despite a miserable start to La Liga, the Catalan giants have a 100% record so far in this year’s Champions League. They could still lose their grip on top spot if they lose to Juventus on the final group matchday.
Juventus (Group G): Italian champions Juventus will be in the last 16 having won four of their five games. They go to Barcelona on the final day to battle it out for top spot, and this time should have Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored his 750th career goal last week.
Last 16 fixture dates
The first leg will be played over Tuesday February 15 and Wednesday February 16, with the reverse fixtures taking place four weeks later between Tuesday March 15 and Wednesday March 16.
After that, the quarter-finals will be played between April 6 and April 14 and the semi-finals between April 27 and May 5, before the final in Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium (scene of Liverpool’s memorable 2005 triumph) on May 29.