These are Bayern's possible opponents in the round of 16
After a perfect group stage with six wins from six matches, FC Bayern have once again progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League as extremely commanding group winners. Who Julian Nagelsmann's team will now meet in the knockout phase will be decided on Monday at 12:00 (CET), when the draw for the last 16 is made at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.
In the coming round, teams still cannot meet representatives from their own country - Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are therefore ruled out as possible opponents for Bayern, just like Inter Milan, who qualified for the round of 16 as runners-up in Bayern's group. This means the German record champions will have to face one of these runners-up from the other groups next year:
Group A: Liverpool
Will it come down to a clash between two six-time European Cup/Champions League winners? English Premier League runners-up Liverpool were two goals short of winning the group on the last matchday of the group stage in a direct clash with Napoli. As a result, Liverpool finished the group stage behind the Italians but ahead of Ajax and Glasgow Rangers. In the previous season, the Reds reached the final of the competition, but lost 1-0 to Real Madrid. Four years ago, Jürgen Klopp's team won Europe's most prestigious club competition for the sixth and last time. The last time LFC faced the Bavarians was in the 2018/19 round of 16, when the English side won 3-1 at the Allianz Arena (first leg: 0-0), thanks in part to a brace from Sadio Mané, who is now a Bayern player. A look at the overall statistics doesn't just bring back good memories for FCB fans though: of nine encounters with Liverpool, only one went Bayern's way (five draws, three defeats).
Group B: Club Brugge
The fact that the Belgian champions Club Brugge made it into the top 16 teams in Europe can be described as a surprise. Carl Hoefkens' team left well-known rivals Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Atlético Madrid in their wake and were only knocked off the top spot in their group by Porto on the last matchday. Brugge were the first Belgian club to win three matches at the start of the Champions League, and after the fourth matchday were already certain of reaching the last 16 for the first time since the competition was restructured in 1992. The club's greatest international success came in 1978 when they reached the final of the then European Cup, where they lost 1-0 to Liverpool. Brugge's only two encounters with Bayern so far came in the 2005/06 group stage of the Champions League: the German record champions won their home match 1-0, while the return leg in Belgium ended in a 1-1 draw.
Group E: AC Milan
Thanks to a resounding 4-0 home win over Salzburg at the end of the group stage, AC Milan secured their place in the last 16 in Group E as runners-up behind Chelsea. For the seven-time winners of the trophy, it's the first participation in the knockout round of the Champions League since the 2013/14 season. In general, the club steeped in tradition from Milan has been causing a stir again after some difficult years. Last season, the Rossoneri won the Italian championship again after eleven years. FC Bayern fans do not have very good memories of the clashes with AC. Of the previous ten games in Europe's premier club competition, the Munich side could only win one (six defeats, three draws). In their last meeting in the 2006/07 CL quarter-finals, Milan won 2-0 in Munich after a 2-2 draw in the first leg.
Group H: Paris Saint-Germain
Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain played out a real thriller of a final for first place in Group H. Both teams ended up with the same number of points, goals scored and goals conceded, and the direct comparison was also even. In the end, Benfica came out on top due to the higher number of away goals scored. This means it's possible for FC Bayern to meet PSG in the round of 16. The reigning French champions are looking to win the Champions League for the first time in the club's history this season after several failed attempts. FC Bayern fans remember the last clashed with PSG with mixed feelings. After a total of eight matches in the CL group stage (three Bayern wins, five PSG wins), the Munich side emerged triumphant in the 2020 Champions League final with a 1-0 win over the French club and secured the trophy. The last encounter in the quarter-finals in 2020/21 was won by PSG on away goals (3-2 for PSG in Munich, 1-0 for FC Bayern in Paris).
Round of 16 in February/March 2023
The first legs of the last 16 will be played on 14/15 and 21/22 February 2023 respectively, with the second legs kicking off on 7/8 and 14/15 March 2023. As group winners, Bayern will first play away from home.
Watch the highlights of Bayern's last group match against Inter Milan again here: