It is a tough draw for a Barcelona side whose form has been up and down this season. City have a lot of ties to Barca, as City’s chief executive officer Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain used to work at Barcelona, as well as City star Yaya Toure who used to play for Barcelona.
Arsenal once again were left to regret not winning their group as they were drawn against holders Bayern Munich. Arsenal won 2-0 at Bayern Munich in March but went out on away goals in last season’s quarter-finals following a 3-1 defeat in the first leg, with the Germans going on to beat Dortmund in the final.
In order to win the Champions League you need a little luck with the draw, which is something that has escaped Arsenal in the last four years. Consider that in 2010 and 2011 they were drawn against Barcelona when they were at their best and in 2012 and 2013 they get Bayern Munich at their best.
It was a much easier draw for England‘s two other clubs as Manchester United and Chelsea, both group winners, were drawn against Olympiacos and Galatasaray respectively. The latter tie represents a potential return to Stamford Bridge for Blues legend Didier Drogba, whose last kick for the club was the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final.
French giants Paris Saint-Germain will face Bayer Leverkusen while AC Milan were paired with Atletico Madrid. Last year’s semi-finalists Real Madrid will play Schalke and completing the draw Borussia Dortmund are up against Zenit St Petersburg.
The first legs will be played over four separate match-days in February with the second legs taking place three weeks later.
Champions League round of 16 1st Leg:
Olympiakos v Manchester United – Buy Champions League Tickets
Galatasaray v Chelsea – Buy Champions League Tickets
Schalke v Real Madrid – Buy Champions League Tickets
Champions League round of 16 2nd Leg:
Barcelona v Manchester City – Buy Champions League Tickets
Manchester United v Olympiakos – Buy Champions League Tickets
Atletico Madrid v AC Milan – Buy Champions League Tickets
Paris St-Germain v Bayer Leverkusen – Buy Champions League Tickets
Chelseas v Galatasaray – Buy Champions League Tickets
Real Madrid v Schalke – Buy Champions League Tickets
Dortmund v Zenit St Petersburg – Buy Champions League Tickets
Bayern Munich v Arsenal – Buy Champions League Tickets