CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIRST KO ROUND DRAW
Tonight saw the UEFA hold the draws for the Champions League and Europa League first knockout rounds at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. President Michel Platini was helped to draw the teams for this years First Knockout Round by former Arsenal and French National Team legend Thierry Henry along with Spain National Team and Real Madrid hero Raul. The first team to be picked out for each tie will play their first leg at home.
AJAX v CHELSEA
2012 Champions League winners Chelsea will be happy with this draw as they have avoided some of the large names, however Ajax are not a team to become complacent around and will do their all to give Chelsea a game. The Blues have only been in two Champions League finals, winning one. Ajax have competed in six and have won four, this includes a run of three straight victories from 1971 to 1973.
LIVERPOOL v ATHLETIC
Liverpool will be hoping to put a run together in the Champions League after a 5 year absence from the competition. Their opponents have never reached the final before, however they too will be looking to give a good account of themselves and this will be a tough game to call. The last time the Reds have been in the final was in 2007 where they fell to AC Milan after beating them in the final just two years before following a stunning comeback.
CSKA v BAYERN
FC Bayern are one of the front runners for the competition and will fancy their chances against Russian champions CSKA. However, as Schalke showed in the group stage, they are a lot harder tie than they look and this may be a tough game if Bayern let their confidence over-ride their performance. Bayern won the competition in 2013 after finishing runners-up to Chelsea just the year before.
MAN CITY v ATLETICO
This mouth-watering tie has been drawn as two teams, who have never lifted the Champions League, find themselves looking to go to the very end. Atletico are La Liga champions after a superb season saw them climb above the giants of Real Madrid and Barcelona, they also managed to reach the final but they could not get past their Madrid neighbours in this competition. Man City are also champions as they drifted past Chelsea and Liverpool to take the title.
LEVERKUSEN v JUVENTUS
Bayer Leverkusen reached the final in 2002, however they lost to Real Madrid's ninth title. They have been drawn to play against Italian giants Juventus, who will be very keen on winning their first Champions League for 19 years. Since then they have reached three finals and have lost to Dortmund (1997), Real Madrid (1998) and Milan (2003).
ROMA v ZENIT
Zenit will be looking to continue their recent Champions League form by claiming a big victory against Roma, who only managed to qualify through their group on Goal Difference. The Russian side currently field the two top-scorers in the competition in Hulk (11) and Kerzhakov (8). Despite this, Roma are a massive side and will certainly fancy their chances against Zenit and this may be a surprisingly large game.
LILLE v BARCELONA
Arguably the smallest team in the competition, Lille, have been drawn up against the mighty Barcelona. The Catalans have been in fantastic form this season and sit at the top of La Liga. This result can only be seen going in Barcelona's way and Lille will be lucky to come out without embarrassing themselves.
GALATASARAY v REAL MADRID
The current holders in the competition have been placed to play against Turkish runners-up Galatasaray. Real Madrid have done celebrating their 'La Decima' win last season and have returned to try and win their eleventh Champions League Trophy. Galatasaray will try and stand up to them and have shown in the past that they can give a good showing off themselves however they will be sure they can skip past this round.