The dust has settled on the Champions League group stage, the pool of sides that can win Europe’s hottest club competition has been whittled down to 16 but the drama and excitement is only just beginning.
There are plenty of potential winners left as the sides prepare for the first knock out round over two legs, guaranteed to produce drama, controversial moments and brilliant football from Europe’s best teams.
Here is the draw in full, with first leg fixtures on February 18/19 and 25/26 and second leg fixtures on March 11/12 and 18/19.
Manchester City v Barcelona
What a tie for Manchester City. Equally exciting and intimidating at the same time. It will be fantastic to see how the two legs unfold.
Olympiacos v Manchester United
If David Moyes could have handpicked a tie he probably would have gone for this one. However, the Greek side are very experienced and can’t be underestimated.
AC Milan v Atletico Madrid
This could be one of the most entertaining ties of the last 16 to watch. Great players on either side and a real chance for both to progress.
Bayer Leverkusen v Paris Saint-Germain
Harsh draw for the German side who finished as runners up to Manchester United. PSG will definitely be the favourites.
Galatasaray v Chelsea
Not the best of ties for Chelsea but Jose Mourinho won’t be complaining. Could be very difficult considering Roberto Mancini’s recent knowledge of English football.
FC Schalke v Real Madrid
Very good tie for Real Madrid who will fancy their chances of a last eight place. However, Schalke have nothing to lose.
Zenit St Petersburg v Borussia Dortmund
Good tie for Jurgen Klopp’s team though Russia will be a very difficult place to go to in the winter, with the extreme temperatures.
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Arsene Wenger couldn’t have asked for a worse tie. However, Gunners everywhere should remember how well the side played at the Allianz Arena last season.
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