The final round of Champions League group stage games are set to take place this week, and teams, fans and managers will soon know their fate for the new year in terms of European action.
For top-spot placed teams and runners-up of the groups, the knockout stage beckons with an exciting draw to take place in December. For the Round of 16, the sides who finish top of each group will be seeded and therefore cannot face each other; each one will be away in the first leg to a group stage runner-up.
Teams of the same nation also do not face each other at this stage—so anybody hoping for a Champions League clasico will have to hold on for at least one more round.
Last year the knockout stage brought out some quality clashes. Here are five dream ties which fans would love to see this time around.