Champions League Draw 2013-14: Teams Sure to Emerge from Round of 16

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIDecember 16, 2013

ALMERIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF wins a header during the La Liga match between UD Almeria and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de Los Juegos Mediterraneos on November 23, 2013 in Almeria, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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The 2013-14 Champions League Round of 16 was announced Dec. 16, and it's clear which teams made out with the easiest fixtures.

Barcelona faces a tough assignment in Manchester City. Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich will knock one of the tournament's hopeful winners out in the first round.

For other teams like Real Madrid and Chelsea, the Round of 16 doesn't look so scary. Here are the teams that will definitely be advancing to the tournament's next round.

 

Manchester United

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Luis Antonio Valencia of Manchester United is chased by Antonio Luna of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on December 15, 2013 in Birmingham, En
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The Red Devils lucked out in the drawing, as they will face Olympiacos of Greece in the Round of 16. While United's opponent did finish runner-up in Group C to Paris Saint-Germain, the task ahead is just too much for the Greek side.

United currently sits eighth in the English Premier League table and isn't having its best season in recent years. That being said, the likes of Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra are still alive and well and should overpower Olympiacos.

The Greek side didn't even make it out of group play in last year's Champions League tournament.

"Manchester United are a huge club, a powerful machine and we are in for two very tough matches. We respect Manchester United but our aim is to become like them one day," Olympiacos coach Michel told UEFA.com.

Perhaps one day Michel's club will be on United's level, but that day isn't coming any time soon. This is a clear-cut case of a superpower club about to take down a smaller, less experienced club.

 

Real Madrid

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Real Madrid drew FC Schalke 04, who made it to the Champions League quarterfinals just a year ago. Fortunately for the Spanish side, Real will be able to handle the German team.

"We are really looking forward to it," FC Schalke 04 coach Jens Keller told UEFA.com after the pairings were announced. It's doubtful that Keller will be as cheery after playing Real in this round.

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the big favorites to win the Ballon d'Or this season with 39 goals and eight assists overall.

Real has won five games this season by three goals or more, whereas Schalke has won just two games by three goals. The German side has also lost two games by four goals so far this year.

It wouldn't be as shocking as Olympiacos knocking out Man U, but Schalke would have to play its heart out to squeak past one of the best in La Liga. Real's stout defensive play and having Ronaldo are the two big reasons this won't be Schalke's year in the Champions League.

 

Chelsea

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Galatasaray's Didier Drogba will get to face off against his former team in Chelsea in the Round of 16. Unfortunately for the former Chelsea attacker, the team he will face is no slouch.

The Blues have scored 12 goals already in this season's Champions League and still have stout goalkeeper Petr Cech. Having Eden Hazard and Oscar up front isn't such a bad thing either.

Drogba and Wesley Sneijder are nice counterparts for Galatasaray but the duo haven't helped their team to the top of the Super Lig just yet. In fact, Galatasaray has just as many draws as it does wins in league play.

This fixture has the potential to be the closest of the three discussed, but Chelsea has a clear advantage and will edge out Drogba and co.