Nyon - European champions Barcelona will go up against English Premier
League leaders Arsenal in the Champions League last 16 after they were
thrown together in Monday's draw.
French heavyweights Paris
Saint-Germain were drawn against 2012 winners Chelsea for the third
straight season, while Bayern Munich will meet last year's finalists
The draw, carried out at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, also
saw record 10-time winners Real Madrid matched up against Roma, while
Manchester City will meet Ukrainians Dynamo Kiev for a place in the
Barcelona representative Albert Soler said the
title-holders had plenty of respect for the Gunners, who the Spaniards
beat 2-1 in the 2006 Champions League final in Paris.
have a similar understanding of football, so I think we will have two
great games and we hope to get the better results," Soler told beIN
"As always, we have respect for the opponnent. Arsenal are a great team and I am sure we will have difficulties against them."
captain Philipp Lahm admitted the Bundesliga leaders had stumbled upon a
tricky last-16 opponent in Juve but remained confident of progressing.
a European classic. Juve were runners-up last season which represents a
major challenge, but we want to reach the quarters and will do
everything we can."
Former Real Madrid and Spain star Emilio
Butragueno, now a club director with the La Liga giants, admitted the
draw could have been worse for Rafael Benitez's side.
have got more difficult opponents, but also easier opponents. Roma are a
competitive team with internationally recognised players," said
"We all know what it means to face Real Madrid in
this kind of tie, so they will be very motivated and we need to respond
to our expectations."
The remaining ties featured two-time
runners-up Atletico Madrid taking on 1988 champions PSV Eindhoven with
twice former winners Benfica up against Zenit St Petersburg.
who dumped out Manchester United to reach the knockout phase for the
first time, will meet competition debutants Gent.
The first legs
will be played on February 16-17 and and 23-24 with the return matches
scheduled to take place on March 8-9 and 15-16.
Last 16 fixtures:
KAA Gent v VfL Wolfsburg
AS Roma v Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea
Arsenal v Barcelona
Juventus v Bayern Munich
PSV Eindhoven v Atletico Madrid
Benifia v Zenit St. Petersburg
Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City