UEFA are 'ready' to scrap the away goals rule in the Champions League from next season

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It feels like an eternity since the UEFA Champions League group stages drew to a close.

European football's elite competition is set to return next week and there are some really interesting match-ups in the last 16.

In terms of the Premier League, Manchester United take on Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool face Bayern Munich and Tottenham were drawn with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Manchester City arguably got the easiest draw with Schalke 04, who are currently 12th in the table in Germany.

Atletico Madrid vs Juventus is then the biggest fixture outside of England, while Barcelona and Real Madrid come up against Lyon and Ajax respectively.

And finally, AS Roma host Porto before a trip to Portugal in the second leg.

Predicting which teams will progress to the quarter-finals is no easy task, but as it stands Man City are favourites with bookmakers to win the competition.

Barcelona are second favourites, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus, PSG and Liverpool, who lost last season's final to Real Madrid.

It's reached that stage of the season where teams are vying to finish in the Champions League places in their respective leagues to qualify for next year.

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However, according to German sports magazine Kicker, UEFA chiefs met in Rome on Wednesday to discuss a huge rule change that will transform the knockout stages from next season.

UEFA are reportedly planning to scrap the away goals rule, which comes into effect when a Champions League tie ends as a draw on aggregate.

It was originally introduced in the 1960s due to beliefs that travelling teams were at a disadvantage, but as football has evolved, clubs have questioned whether away goals matter anymore.

An immediate decision isn't expected, but UEFA are now "ready" to abolish the controversial rule and it's a step in the right direction for both the Champions League and Europa League.

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