For the second consecutive year, Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League last 16. The Spanish giants eliminated Manuel Pellegrini’s team at this stage last season, winning 4-1 on aggregate.
Manchester City director of football and former Barcelona player Txiki Begiristain told Sky Sports News:
“Every tie in that draw is the same. It’s fantastic, so we’re looking forward to it.
“We have plenty of confidence with the way we qualified beating Bayern Munich at home and Roma away, so the players will be working hard to get fit and arrive in confidence for those games.
“We have improved our squad from last season and we have some real quality up front.”
In other round of 16 ties, Chelsea will play Paris St-Germain, Arsenal are up against Monaco,
Champions Real Madrid will face Schalke, with last season’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid taking on Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern Munich play Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus face Borussia Dortmund and Basel are up against Porto.
The first legs are scheduled for 17, 18, 24 and 25 February, with the second legs on 10, 11, 17 and 18 March.
Arsenal versus Monaco means a return to the side that Arsene Wenger managed between 1987 and 1994 and who lie sixth in Ligue 1. Asked before the draw about the possibility of playing Monaco, Wenger said:
‘I’m not against it at all.
‘It would be a visit to my first home. Of course I would love to go there.’
Compared with the heavyweights that Arsenal have met at this stage of the competition the last four seasons, Gunner fans must be delighted at playing Monaco, who are one of the weaker group stage winners.
Chelsea v PSG is also a repeat of last season’s quarter-finals which the French side won 3-1 in Paris, only for Chelsea to win the second leg 2-0 at home to advance on away goals. PSG superstar Zlatan Ibrahimović missed the second leg through injury, a big blow that the French side could not overcome.
Chelsea secretary David Barnard said:
“PSG are known to us as we played them in the quarters last year and they’ve got David Luiz playing for them too.
“It’s a good draw logistically too for our supporters. Both sides have very different squads from last year, so if it was PSG or anyone else, it would’ve been the same situation.”
Champions League last-16 draw 1st leg
Paris St-Germain v Chelsea – Buy Champions League Tickets
Manchester City v Barcelona – Buy Champions League Tickets
Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid – Buy Champions League Tickets
Juventus v Borussia Dortmund – Buy Champions League Tickets
Schalke v Real Madrid – Buy Champions League Tickets
Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich – Buy Champions League Tickets
Arsenal v Monaco – Buy Champions League Tickets
Basel v Porto – Buy Champions League Tickets
Champions League last-16 draw 2nd leg
Chelsea v Paris St-Germain – Buy Champions League Tickets
Barcelona v Manchester City – Buy Champions League Tickets
Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen – Buy Champions League Tickets
Borussia Dortmund v Juventus – Buy Champions League Tickets
Real Madrid v Schalke – Buy Champions League Tickets
Bayern Munich v Shakhtar Donetsk – Buy Champions League Tickets
Monaco v Arsenal – Buy Champions League Tickets
Porto v Basel – Buy Champions League Tickets