THE last 16 draw for the Champions League took place on Monday December 12 and with no particularly easy matches, Britain’s three survivors have some interesting games ahead of them although Arsenal are probably not terribly happy that they are paired against Bayern Munich for the fourth time in 11 years, especially as they have been knocked out each time they have played the German side, with the last match ending up 5-1 against the gooners!
Manchester City probably face the weakest team in the draw but considering their recent poor form including a stunning 4-2 loss to Leicester City in their last match, it’s probably a good thing that they won’t be playing the first match until the new year when they would hope to be able to field a full team including injured again Kompany and suspended Aguero.
Leicester probably have the most difficult of the English matches against Seville but they do seem to be saving their quality play for the Champions League and with both Vardey and Maras looking dangerous again, perhaps they can come up with a surprise.
The full draw is as follows with matches to take place in February and March next year;
Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid
Bayern Munich v Arsenal
Benfica v Borussia Dortmund
Manchester City v Monaco
Paris St-Germain v Barcelona
Porto v Juventus
Real Madrid v Napoli
Sevilla v Leicester City