City to face Barca; PSG test for Blues

Football Champions League: Champs Real face Germans Schalke

City to face Barca; PSG test for Blues

European champions Real Madrid will face Schalke 04, Barcelona will play Manchester City and Chelsea will play Paris St Germain in three ties repeated from last season following the draw for the Champions league last 16 made on Monday.

Real Madrid knocked Schalke out of the last 16 last season 9-2 on aggregate, Barcelona beat Manchester City 4-1 while Chelsea beat PSG on away goals in the quarterfinals.
Last week Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he would welcome being drawn against PSG "because it will be easy for our fans to travel to Paris" -- and he got his wish when Karl-Heinz Riedle drew the pair together.

Riedle, who performed the draw in his role as ambassador for Berlin, the venue for this season's final on June 6 and who scored twice when his Borussia Dortmund team beat Juventus 3-1 in the 1997 final, also drew those two clubs together.

Last season's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid face Bayer Leverkusen in another Spain-Germany match-up.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will face his old club AS Monaco in a competitive match for the first time while Bayern Munich take on Shakhtar Donetsk. Swiss club FC Basel play Porto.

Real Madrid crushed Schalke last season and club director Emilio Butragueno told Spanish TV broadcaster Canal Plus: "Let's say that we are rather optimistic.
"We have the experience from last season, a very, very good experience when we essentially won the tie in the first leg."

Real beat Schalke 6-1 in the first leg and 3-1 in the second leg last season en route to their 10th European Cup success.

After drawing English champions Manchester City, Barca sporting director Andoni
Zubizarreta told Canal Plus: "It's a great tie against a great rival, a team we know extremely well.

"There is still a long way to go until February and let's see what shape each team is in when the tie comes around, but for sure it's going to be a great tie with two great matches."

Europa League fixtures (last 32): Young Boys vs Everton; Torino vs Athletic Bilbao; Sevilla vs Borusssia Moenchengladbach; Wolfsburg vs Sporting Lisbon; Ajax Amsterdam vs Legia Warsaw; AaB Aalborg vs Club Bruges; Anderlecht vs Dinamo Moscow; Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk vs Olympiakos; Trabzonspor vs Napoli; Guingamp vs Dynamo Kiev; Villarreal vs Salzburg; AS Roma vs Feyenoord; PSV Eindhoven vs Zenit St Petersburg; Liverpool vs Besiktas; Tottenham Hotspur vs Fiorentina; Celtic vs Inter Milan.

The line-up

* Schalke vs Real Madrid
* Man City vs Barcelona
* PSG vs Chelsea
* Arsenal vs Monaco
* Basel vs Porto
* Shakhtar vs Bayern
* Bayer vs Atletico
* Juventus vs Dortmund

First legs to be played on Feb 17/18 and 24/25 with the return legs set for March 10/11 and 17/18.

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