English Premier League champions Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona in the first knock-out round of the Champions League. It is a repeat of last season’s encounter in which the Catalan club won both the home and away matches.
Another English club that will be meeting last season’s foes are Chelsea, who have been paired with Paris Saint-Germain. The Blues knocked out the Parisians at the quarter final stage earlier this year. Chelsea’s club secretary David Barnard told Sky Sports News: “PSG are known to us as we played them in the quarters last year and they’ve got David Luiz playing for them too. It’s a good draw logistically too for our supporters. Both sides have very different squads from last year, so if it was PSG or anyone else, it would’ve been the same situation.”
Arsenal have perhaps the least complicated second round tie – on paper in any case; Arsene Wenger will be taking his gunners to his former club Monaco.
Meanwhile reigning champions Real Madrid will take on German side Schalke.
2nd round draw in full
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 Porto