• Champions League

Arsenal and Man City land tough draws in last 16

ESPN staff
December 16, 2013
The Champions League round of 16 begins on February 18-19, with the return leg a week later © PA Photos

Arsenal have been drawn against defending champions Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League for the second successive season, while Manchester City have been handed an equally difficult task after drawing Barcelona.

Manchester United travel to Greece for their first leg against Olympiacos, while Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be reunited with Galatasaray's Didier Drogba, whose last kick as a Chelsea player was the penalty shoot-out winner in the 2012 final against Bayern.

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Elsewhere, seven-time winners AC Milan will face Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen must face Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain, Schalke will play Real Madrid and Zenit St Petersburg have been paired with Borussia Dortmund.

While City and Arsenal appear to have paid the price for not topping their groups, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will take heart from his side's second-leg fightback against Bayern last season, bouncing back from a 3-1 first-leg defeat only to miss out on a place in the quarter-finals on goal difference after winning 2-0 at the Allianz Arena.

City, who came within a goal of pipping Bayern to top spot in Group D, will take on Barcelona in a competitive fixture for the first time in the club's history.

Manuel Pellegrini will hope he has left his wretched record against the Catalan giants back in Spain. During his time in La Liga, the Chilean lost seven and drew one of his last eight encounters with Barcelona during his time with Villarreal, Madrid and Malaga.

The first leg ties will be played on either February 18/19 or 25/26, with the return clashes on March 11/12 or 18/19.

Champions League draw

First leg February 18, Second leg March 12
Manchester City v Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen v Paris Saint-Germain

First leg February 19, Second leg March 11
AC Milan v Atletico Madrid
Arsenal v Bayern Munich

First leg February 25, Second leg March 19
Olympiacos v Manchester Utd
Zenit St Petersburg v Borussia Dortmund

First leg February 26, Second leg March 18
Galatasaray v Chelsea
Schalke v Real Madrid

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