CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAWS: City handed Barcelona tie

The draw for the last 16 stage of the UEFA Champions League has thrown up some fascinating match-ups, with Manchester City versus Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain against Chelsea the pick of the ties.

Manchester City face an intimidating Champions League last 16 tie with four-times winners Barcelona.

The Spanish giants, who last won the competition in 2011, knocked the Premier League champions out at the same stage last year and boast the competition’s all-time record goalscorer in Lionel Messi.

2012 winners Chelsea have been drawn against French champions Paris St-Germain, who they overcame at the quarter-final stage in last year’s tournament but who suffered just one defeat during an impressive group stage campaign this time around.

The draw has been kindest to Arsenal, who will take on Arsene Wenger’s former club Monaco.

Gunners secretary David Miles said: “We are delighted to be here because when you think it’s 17 consecutive years in the Champions League and 12 consecutive years getting through the group stage, it’s a fantastic achievement for Arsene Wenger and his side.

“We’ve met some of the biggest teams in Europe over the last five years but we’re certainly not taking anything for granted because Monaco have earned the right to be here and so have we. I’m sure Arsene will be delighted to be going back to one of his former teams.”

Last out of the pots were Basel and Porto – meaning that had Liverpool managed to overcome the Belgian side, they would have earned a relatively-easy tie.

Champions League last 16 ties:

Paris St-Germain v Chelsea
Manchester City v Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid
Juventus v Borussia Dortmund
Schalke v Real Madrid
Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich
Arsenal v Monaco
Basel v FC Porto

First legs will take place on February 17, 18, 24 and 25.
Second legs will be split over March 10, 11, 17 and 18.

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