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Champions League: Draw pairs Man City against Barcelona

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English Champions, Manchester City, have been drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League’s last 16 for a second consecutive year.

The draw, which took place Monday, December 15, 2014 also paired Premier League Leaders, Chelsea, against France Champions, Paris St-Germain (PSG), while Arsenal face Monaco in ties to be played in February and March.

Defending Champions, Real Madrid, will face Schalke, with last season's beaten finalists, Atletico Madrid, taking on Bayer Leverkusen of Germany.

German Champions, Bayern Munich, one of the league’s favourites, was drawn against Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainians will have their home match away from their home ground, because of the unrest in their country. Juventus will face another German side, Borussia Dortmund, while Basel are up against Porto.

Manchester City recorded a fine win over Roma in the final round of group games to progress.

But finishing second to Bayern Munich meant there was always a chance of meeting a top side like four-time European champions, Barcelona.

In last season's first knockout round, the Catalans beat City 4-1 on aggregate, winning 2-0 at the Etihad and then 2-1 at the Nou Camp.

Chelsea, who finished ahead of Schalke in their group, are up against PSG for the second consecutive year.
The Blues beat the French champions in dramatic circumstances in last year's quarter-finals.

There is added interest in that game as Chelsea sold defender, David Luiz, to PSG for a reported £40m in the summer.

Arsenal, who finished below Borussia Dortmund in their group, come up against Monaco, who were managed by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger from 1987 to 1994.

Monaco scored only four goals in their group, but still finished top. 


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