Champions League

Arsenal draw Bayern Munich in CL Last 16

2016-12-12 14:29
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Nyon - Arsenal were once again drawn against Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Monday, while Barcelona will also come up against familiar foes in the shape of Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsene Wenger's side had hoped winning their group for the first time in five years would spare them a tie against one of the continent's giants in the first knockout round, but instead they must face Carlo Ancelotti's German champions, who came second in their section, with the first leg in Bavaria.

Bayern eliminated Arsenal en route to winning the trophy in 2012/13 and repeated the feat a year later, while the teams also met in the group stage last season - the Gunners won 2-0 in London but then lost 5-1 at the Allianz Arena.

"It's an interesting and difficult draw. We know Arsenal from the last few years when we often played against them, twice already in the last 16, when we had a good experience and got through," said Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

"Arsenal are a strong team and I rate them as stronger at the moment than in the last few years."

PSG came second to Arsenal in Group A, leaving them more vulnerable to a tough draw and five-time winners Barcelona have eliminated the French club in the quarter-finals in two of the past four seasons, while the teams also met in the group stage in 2014/15.

Recent history favours the Catalans, and so does current form, with Unai Emery's side having squandered the chance to top their group by drawing at home to Ludogorets of Bulgaria last week.

"If I could have chosen another team, I would have done," admitted Paris director of football Patrick Kluivert, a former Barcelona striker.

Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre told beIN Sports Spain: "It is true that of the (possible) options Bayern Munich was possibly the strongest, with respect to the rest, but PSG are also a great team.

"There is no guarantee but it does give you a certain confidence to have beaten them before. Every game is different and we will see what happens."

Reigning European champions Real Madrid will face Napoli as they look to win the trophy for a record 12th time, while Pep Guardiola's Manchester City face a testing two-legged encounter against Monaco.

City, currently struggling for form, cannot afford to take the principality side lightly - they are the most prolific side in Europe's leading leagues this season and have beaten Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League in the past two years.

"We are happy to be here, and then we have avoided Real Madrid and Barcelona," City's director of football Txiki Begiristain told BT Sport.

"Monaco are playing probably the best football in France now. In a group with Tottenham and Bayer Leverkusen they were top and they have young players and a lot of talent."

Premier League champions Leicester City will take on last season's Europa League winners Sevilla as a reward for topping their group in their debut appearance in the competition, with a visit to the Sanchez Pizjuan in the first leg.

Atletico Madrid, runners up to city rivals Real in two of the last three seasons, were drawn against Bayer Leverkusen in a repeat of their clash at the same stage in 2014/15. On that occasion, Atletico emerged victorious after a tense penalty shoot-out.

Two-time winners Juventus were drawn against FC Porto, while Borussia Dortmund also face Portuguese opposition in the shape of Benfica.

Draw for the last 16 of the Champions League made in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday:

Manchester City (ENG) v Monaco (FRA)

Real Madrid (ESP) v Napoli (ITA)

Benfica (POR) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Bayern Munich (GER) v Arsenal (ENG)

FC Porto (POR) v Juventus (ITA)

Bayer Leverkusen (GER) v Atletico Madrid (ESP)

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) v Barcelona (ESP)

Sevilla (ESP) v Leicester City (ENG)

First legs to be played on February 14/15 and 21/22, second legs on March 7/8 and 14/15

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Lyon v Zenit St. Petersburg, Groupama Stadium 18:55
Inter Milan v Slavia Prague, San Siro 18:55
Ajax v Lille, Amsterdam ArenA 21:00
Benfica v RB Leipzig, da Luz 21:00
Red Bull Salzburg v Genk, Red Bull Arena 21:00
Napoli v Liverpool, San Paolo 21:00
Borussia Dortmund v Barcelona, Signal Iduna Park 21:00
Chelsea v Valencia, Stamford Bridge 21:00
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Club Brugge v Galatasaray, Jan Breydel Stadion 18:55
Olympiacos v Tottenham Hotspur, Karaiskakis Stadium 18:55
Bayern Munchen v Red Star Belgrade, Allianz Arena 21:00
Bayer Leverkusen v Lokomotiv Moscow, BayArena 21:00
Dinamo Zagreb v Atalanta, Maksimir Stadium 21:00
Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City, Metalist Stadium 21:00
Paris SG v Real Madrid, Parc des Princes 21:00
Atletico Madrid v Juventus, Wanda Metropolitano 21:00
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Atalanta v Shakhtar Donetsk, San Siro 18:55
Real Madrid v Club Brugge, Santiago Bernabeu 18:55
Juventus v Bayer Leverkusen, Allianz Stadium 21:00
Manchester City v Dinamo Zagreb, Etihad Stadium 21:00
Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid, Lokomotiv Stadium 21:00
Red Star Belgrade v Olympiacos, Stadion Rajko Mitic 21:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Bayern Munchen, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 21:00
Galatasaray v Paris SG, Turk Telekom Arena 21:00
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Slavia Prague v Borussia Dortmund, Eden Arena 18:55
Genk v Napoli, Luminus Arena 18:55
Liverpool v Red Bull Salzburg, Anfield 21:00
Barcelona v Inter Milan, Camp Nou 21:00
Valencia v Ajax, Mestalla 21:00
RB Leipzig v Lyon, Red Bull Arena 21:00
Zenit St. Petersburg v Benfica, Saint Petersburg Stadium 21:00
Lille v Chelsea, Stade Pierre-Mauroy 21:00
Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Shakhtar Donetsk v Dinamo Zagreb, Metalist Stadium 18:55
Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen, Wanda Metropolitano 18:55
Juventus v Lokomotiv Moscow, Allianz Stadium 21:00
Manchester City v Atalanta, Etihad Stadium 21:00
Club Brugge v Paris SG, Jan Breydel Stadion 21:00
Olympiacos v Bayern Munchen, Karaiskakis Stadium 21:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Red Star Belgrade, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 21:00
Galatasaray v Real Madrid, Turk Telekom Arena 21:00
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RB Leipzig v Zenit St. Petersburg, Red Bull Arena 18:55
Benfica v Lyon, da Luz 21:00
Slavia Prague v Barcelona, Eden Arena 21:00
Genk v Liverpool, Luminus Arena 21:00
Red Bull Salzburg v Napoli, Red Bull Arena 21:00
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