ATLETICO FACE JUVE
Juventus will have to face Spanish opposition for the second time this season after being paired up against Atletico Madrid in the Last 16 of the UEFA Champions’ League.
The Serie A holders cruised past Barcelona, AS Monaco and Sporting Lisbon to top Group B meanwhile Atletico finished second in Group G, nine points behind Manchester United
Despite being second in Serie A behind Napoli, Juve has been in sizzling form of late whereas Atletico are also flying high in second place ahead of rivals Real Madrid.
One of the ties of the round comes at the Westfalenstadion as the Champions’ League draw reproduces last season’s meeting between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.
– Manchester City
Dortmund sneaked through level on points with Real Madrid and one point ahead of Paris-Saint Germain whereas City piped Porto to top spot in Group D.
Real Madrid will face AC Milan in a more traditional Champions’ League game as two of the most decorated clubs in the world clash.
– Real Madrid
With Milan stalling in Serie A and failing to top their group ahead of Benfica, the ‘Rossoneri’ and new manager Andre Villas-Boas will have their work cut-out versus Cristiano Ronaldo and co.
Benfica will face four of their ex-rivals when they face an AS Monaco side with Joao Moutinho, Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Ricardo Carvalho.
– SL Benfica
Despite the gulf in financial power between the two sides, Monaco, who have already faced Sporting Lisbon in the group stage, may find it tricky against a Benfica side that has impressed many so far.
Benfica’s eternal rivals FC Porto will face off against the last man to deliver Champions’ League glory to the Estadio do Dragao as they host Chelsea.
With Jose Mourinho's men also firmly in the Barclays Premier League title race, they’ll be favourites to eliminate the Liga Zon Sagres holders who are currently third in the league.
Also favourites in their tie are the Champions’ League holders Bayern Munich as they travel to Ukraine to play Metalist Kharkiv
– FC Bayern Munich
Often involved in the UEFA Europa League Last 16 round, Metalist will have to count on more than a bit of fortune if they hope to stop Pep Guardiola’s men in their hunt for a third consecutive title.
Premier League champions Manchester United aren’t having as much joy domestically this season but look to be a different beast in Europe as they gear up to face Sampdoria.
– Manchester United
Although Man United are clear favourites to progress, they’ll have to be wary of a Sampdoria side picking up form with the likes of Guiseppe Bellusci, Eduardo Vargas and Eder.
The final clash of the Last 16 delivers the much anticipated ‘Battle of Britain’ as Arsenal travel north of the border to face Celtic.
Along with Man United, Arsenal were the only team to earn maximum points in the group stage, meanwhile Celtic surprised a few by finishing in second place ahead of Schalke 04.