England’s remaining representatives in the Champions League were handed tough last-16 draws earlier today.
First out of the pot were Manchester City, whose inability to top their group came back to haunt them as they face Barcelona. The La Liga giants last won the competition in 2011, but are among the favourites to lift this season’s trophy under the guidance of new coach Tata Martino. Manuel Pellegrini’s men will travel to the Nou Camp for the first leg, with an away goal potentially vital for their hopes of making the quarter-finals.
Arsenal face, arguably, an even tougher tie against Bayern Munich. The defending champions knocked the Londoners out of the competition last season on their way to victory, and are widely thought of as the favourites this term under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.
Chelsea are set for a tricky trip to Turkey to face Galatasaray. The Blues booked their spot in the last-16 with a draw 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest last week, and Jose Mourinho will be keen to lift the trophy for the third time with a third team next year. The tie will see ex-Blues icon Didier Drogba line up against his former side for the first time since netting a Champions League-winning penalty in 2012.
Manchester United got perhaps the most favourable draw, with Olympiakos awaiting David Moyes’ men. The Greek giants are famous for their part in an epic Champions League encounter with Liverpool in 2005, and are considered to be one of the weeker sides to have advanced from the first phase of the competition. Moyes has enjoyed some success in European football this term, but will have to watch out for Kostas Mitrouglou, who is one of European football’s in-form forwards.
Elsewhere AC Milan will take on Atletico Madrid and French champions Paris Saint-Germain face Bayer Leverkusen.
MANCHESTER CITY v BARCELONA
OLYMPIACOS v MANCHESTER UNITED
AC MILAN v ATLETICO MADRID
BAYER LEVERKUSEN v PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
GALATASARAY v CHELSEA
SCHALKE v REAL MADRID
ZENIT ST PETERSBURG v BORUSSIA DORTMUND
ARSENAL v BAYERN MUNICH