English clubs learn Champions League last-16 fate

CHELSEA will face Paris St-Germain again, Manchester City have a rematch with Barcelona and Arsenal are drawn against Monaco in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Champions League last 16 draw in full

MANCHESTER City will face a repeat of their last-16 tie with Barcelona in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Chelsea will be up against Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain – whom they beat in the quarter-finals last season on away goals.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be reunited with his former club as Arsenal were handed a kind draw against Monaco – the team he managed for seven years until 1994.

Holders Real Madrid – who topped Group B with a 100% record and are currently on a run of 20 successive wins  – will face 2011 semi-finalists and German outfit Schalke 04 for the second season running at this stage of the competition.

Elsewhere, last season’s beaten finalists and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid will face Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

Serie A champions Juventus and 2013 runners-up Borussia Dortmund will meet each other while Bayern Munich will have to beat Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk to reach the quarter-finals and Basel – who advanced from Liverpool’s group – will lock horns with Porto.

Man City possible last 16 opponents

Manuel Pellegrini’s Premier League champions – who have advanced beyond the group stage for only the second time after beating Roma last weeklost 4-1 on aggregate to four-time winners Barcelona in 2013-14.

Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain – who won eight major trophies as a Barcelona player – told Sky Sports News HQ: “I think we now have plenty of confidence.

“We beat Bayern Munich and then Roma away to get here so I think we will arrive in a good moment in this stage.

“I think we have improved our squad and are stronger than last season. As a former Barcelona player, I will feel some emotion and it will be difficult for us.

“We will know everything about them and make sure we are ready.”

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Alan McInally added: “Barcelona are not the best defensively and Manchester City can score goals when everyone is fit. Maybe this is their year and they can get revenge for last season.

“They would probably have to play with two defensive midfielders but City have got quality up front and they can hurt Barca.”

Chelsea possible last 16 opponents

2012 winners Chelsea will be reunited with PSG after their dramatic victory in the last-eight last year – losing the first leg 3-1 before a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge took them through on away goals but Jose Mourinho’s team were knocked out in the semi-finals by Atletico.

Chelsea secretary David Barnard told Sky Sports: “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.”

PSG’s sporting director Olivier Letang said: “We know it will be a difficult tie like last year. Chelsea scored the second goal before the end of the tie so the teams were very close. We want to be well prepared for the two legs. We know Chelsea are a very good team.

“The goal of the club is very clear – we want to go as far as possible in this competition. We hope we will have revenge against Chelsea. I think David Luiz will enjoy playing at Stamford Bridge again.”

Arsenal possible last 16 opponents

2006 runners-up Arsenal – who have reached the knockout phase for 17 consecutive seasons – will face a Monaco side currently eighth in the French top-flight and have some familiar players such as ex-Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho and former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Reacting to the draw, their club secretary David Miles said: “As the draw came out, it was evident a lot of the big teams had gone, so we’re pleased to have avoided them.

“We’re certainly not taking anything for granted though against Monaco. It’s the first time we’ve played them in a competitive match, so Arsene Wenger will be delighted to go back to one of his former clubs.”

Meanwhile, La Liga leaders Real – who achieved “La Decima” last term with their 10th European triumph – will be hoping for a repeat of their 9-2 aggregate victory over Schalke in the round of 16 last season.

The first legs of the ties will be played on February 17, 18, 24 and 25 with the return games on March 10, 11, 17 or 18.

Chelsea will travel to the Parc des Princes first to play PSG while Manchester City will host Barca at the Etihad Stadium before visiting the Nou Camp and Arsenal will be at the Emirates first against Monaco before going to France.

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