Champions League

CL last 16 draw reaction

2014-12-15 18:00
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Paris - The Champions League last 16 draw was held at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon on Monday, here are the reactions from the clubs involved.

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) v Chelsea (ENG)

"Last year was an apprenticeship which must not be repeated. Chelsea are a good draw for us. I am very confident. I've got confidence in my manager and in my players that they'll show on the pitch the best of PSG," said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Chelsea secretary David Barnard said: "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."

Manchester City (ENG) v Barcelona (ESP)

"We have plenty of confidence with the way we qualified beating Bayern Munich at home and Roma away, so the players will be working hard to get fit and arrive in confidence for those games. We have improved our squad from last season and we have some real quality up front," said City's director of football Txiki Begiristain.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said: "It is a very tough and difficult opponent, one of the most difficult in the draw and one of the contenders for the Champions. A lot can happen between now and February. Bit it will certainly be a balanced match. I always think positively and I am only thinking about beating Manchester City in the knockout stage."

Bayer Leverkusen (GER) v Atletico Madrid (ESP)

Bayer Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade said: "Atletico Madrid is a very difficult opponent. You have to be realistic and we will go into this tie as the clear underdogs. We have to put in a 100 percent effort in both matches, better still a few percent more. If we have two very good days and twice put in a full performance, then perhaps we have a chance."

Atletico Madrid managing director Clemente Villaverde said: "We know Leverkusen well. We faced them in the Europa League (in 2011) and it is a club we have good relations with and we know the potential they have."

Juventus (ITA) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Juventus director Pavel Nedved: "For us, the draw has been quite kind. I won't say Juve are going to qualify, but we believe in our qualification chances."

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said: "When you are in the last 16, you already know you will face an ambitious opponent. Juve are marching at the front of the Italian league and have a lot of experience, that's a tough opponent."

Schalke 04 (GER) v Real Madrid (ESP)

Schalke director Peter Peters: "The balls come out as they come out, of course, we are the outsiders, but there is always the old football saying; "form beats class". Real are the best team and we want to do better than we did last year. It's important that we prepare well for the coming year after many injuries."

Real director Emilio Butragueno: "We have the utmost respect for Schalke, a club with whom we have a great relationship. they are very competitive, one lapse in concentration can take its toll."

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Bayern Munich (GER)

Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin said: "We need to play against strong opponents. Because only strong opponents will make us strong. And it will also show our weaknesses."

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben: "I think it's good to finally play someone different and not Arsenal again. But we need to be careful, a few Brazilians play there who are really good. We will analyse the opponent well and concentrate on the game."

Arsenal (ENG) v Monaco (FRA)

Arsenal 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."

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said: "Arsenal are a great side with many quality players. It's going to be a tough match. But I believe anything is possible. Arsenal are favourites though."

Basel (SUI) v Porto (POR)

Basel coach Paulo Sousa said: "We are up against a club used to playing European matches. Porto are a very big side, with a winning mentality and a well established football philosophy. But we've shown in the group stage we can match any team."

"FC Porto and @FC_Basel have never met before. How is going to be in the @ChampionsLeague round of 16? #UCLdraw" Porto posted on Twitter.


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