Real Madrid were barred from drawing PSV Eindhoven in Champions League round 16 draw to the amazement of the fans, MySportDab report.
As the draw rules stipulate, teams can be drawn together in UCL round 16 if they did share the same group and are from different confederations.
Real Madrid and PSV Eindhoven met the two basic criteria but why were the barred from drawing each other?
The real reason for the decision was due to the draw rules and criteria.
Bayern Munich were still left to be drawn after the PSV fixture, meaning that, if Real had been drawn against the Dutch side, Bayern could have been able to draw RB Leipzig or Copenhagen.
Both those outcomes could not occur, given that Bayern and Copenhagen were in the same group, and Leipzig are from the same confederation.
City were also still in the pot, and they could not draw Leipzig as they were in the same group.
Therefore, if PSV had drawn Real Madrid, one of City or Bayern would have been drawn in a tie that was an impossibility given UEFA’s draw rules.
In other Champions League round 16 draws, Arsenal will trade tackles with Porto. Champions Manchester City will take on FC Copenhagen. Inter Milan plays Atletico Madrid. Real Sociedad face PSG. Lazio will take on Bayern Munich while Napoli will take on Barcelona.