Champions League knockout draw: What if group winners could choose their opponents?

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus vs Barcelona, Champions League knockout draw
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Three years ago, Tottenham brilliantly won their Champions League group ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. With 16 points, Spurs were even the best group winners. Then the draw of the round of 16, which is supposed to reward group winners and spare them a difficult matchup, gave them Juventus. That didn’t seem fair. Juventus had finished second in their group, behind other giants, Barcelona.

That same year, Paris Saint-Germain were the second-best group winners with 15 points, having finished ahead of Bayern Munich in Group B. 

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