Roma and AC Milan are eagerly anticipating the announcement of their opponents for the knockout round play-off.

After netting the opening goal in the UEFA Europa League game against FC Sheriff on December 14, 2023, at the OlymWatch Europa League draw – free live stream, Romelu Lukaku, the talented Belgian midfielder of Roma, jubilantly celebrated alongside his teammate, Nicola Zalewski, Roma’s proficient Polish forward.

Football enthusiasts in England can access the live stream of the Europa League knockout round play-off draw at no cost, which is scheduled to take place. This can be done through multiple platforms including TNT Sports’ YouTube channel, as well as popular service providers such as BT, EE, Sky, and Virgin Media. Throughout the 2023-24 season, TNT Sports will broadcast all matches of the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Conference League, starting from the group stages and continuing until the finals.

As the draw is about to commence, Giorgio Marchetti, the director of UEFA competitions, invites former Sevilla player Julien Escude to join him on stage. Escude, who won the UEFA Cup in both 2006 and 2007, shares his insights on the teams that could be considered favorites or outsiders in the competition. While Leverkusen is performing admirably and could be seen as favorites, Escude also highlights West Ham as potential outsiders due to their successful run in the Conference League last season. Nevertheless, Leverkusen and West Ham emerged victorious in their respective groups and will not be included in the draw taking place today.

The second-place finishers in the Europa League, which consist of Freiburg, Marseille, Qarabag, Rennes, Roma, Sparta Prague, Sporting CP, and Toulouse, will be grouped together. They will be pitted against teams that were eliminated from the Champions League, such as Benfica, Braga, Feyenoord, Galatasaray, Lens, Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Young Boys. The Europa League draw pertains to the elimination round play-off, where the teams that finished third in the Champions League will face off against the runners-up of the Europa League group stage, all vying for a spot in the round of 16. Liverpool, West Ham, and Brighton are not participating in this draw, but they will be eagerly monitoring the outcomes.

A particularly notable match-up in the Champions League last-16 draw is the clash between Napoli and Barcelona. These two squads previously encountered each other at this stage of the competition during the 2019-20 season, with Barcelona emerging victorious by a 4-2 aggregate score. Since then, the situation has changed completely, and it is now challenging to foresee the outcome of this game as both teams are facing difficulties in their own leagues.

The conclusion of the draw brings forth a thrilling set of matches, including Porto clashing with Arsenal, Napoli facing off against Barcelona, and PSG going head-to-head with Real Sociedad. These matches are scheduled to occur in February and March, with the first legs taking place on February 13/14/20/21 and the return legs on March 5/6/12/13.

The Champions League draw marks the beginning of a series of three draws happening today, followed by the Europa League and Conference League draws.

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