You look at Real Madrid's side of the draw last year and Atletico Madrid's.
Having an easier draw gave them a chance in the final. They had who, Schalke? Man City and Dortmund? Iirc
Atletico had Barcelona and Bayern, the 2 best teams in the world at that time imo. But they sill didn't win because Real took their chance and won the final.
Id rather face worse teams because it gives you every chance to go as far as possible rather than having a great tie with a giant in the last 16 then losing out after going so close.
I feel like we have been there and done that.