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Manchester City draw Barcelona in Champions League

ESPN staff
December 15, 2014
Manchester City were eliminated by Barcelona at the same stage last season © Getty Images
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Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League for the second year in a row with Chelsea to face Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal will take on Monaco, while defending champions Real Madrid face Schalke with Bayern Munich drawn to play Shakhtar Donetsk.

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Chelsea, as group winners, will travel to Paris on February 17 for the first leg. Having finished as runners-up in their groups, City and Arsenal host Barcelona and Monaco respectively on February 24 and 25.

PSG will then head to Stamford Bridge on March 11, with Arsenal going to Monaco on the 17th and City travelling to the Nou Camp on the 25th.

Arsene Wenger had admitted before this morning's draw in Nyon, Switzerland, that he was hoping to face Monaco, whom Arsenal have never played before and where Wenger was in charge between 1987 and 1994, winning the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France.

"I don't think many people want Real Madrid," he said. "I don't want Bayern Munich and I am sure they don't want us as well. I am not against Monaco.

"I have great memories from my time there. They gave me a chance when I was a very young manager. When I arrived they had never passed the first round in the European Cup; we had good times.

Arsenal have been eliminated at the last 16 stage in four successive seasons, beaten by Barcelona, Milan and Bayern Munich twice.

Wenger said before the draw that Arsenal "have never had an easy ride", but they have lost only two times in their 12 games against French opponents in the Champions League, with seven wins and three draws. Monaco also scored the fewest goals (four) and created the fewest chances (32) in the group stage.

Jose Mourinho also got his wish, having said he wanted Chelsea to draw PSG, whom Chelsea beat in last year's quarter-finals thanks to a dramatic late goal from Demba Ba at Stamford Bridge, because it would "make it easy for everybody".

"It's easy for us to travel, easy for the fans to travel and they won't have to spend a lot of money to go there," Mourinho said before the draw.

"They are a very good team and I would prefer a really good team, which will motivate the boys. So, if I could choose, even though I can't, I would say Paris."

FULL DRAW:

PSG v Chelsea
Manchester City v Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid
Juventus v Borussia Dortmund
Schalke v Real Madrid
Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich
Arsenal v Monaco
Basel v Porto

Jose Mourinho embarked on a touchline dash after Demba Ba's late winner against PSG last season © PA Photos
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