The duel between Manchester City and Barcelona will be one of the eighth-final derbies of the Champions League as well as the match between the European champion, Bayern and the leader of the English league, Arsenal.
Two great derbies will be played in the eighth-final of the Champions League which was decided yesterday in the draw in Nyon. The defending champion Bayern, who plays excellently in this season as well, will face the leading club of the English Premier League, Arsenal. On the other hand, Manchester City will play against one of the world best clubs, Barcelona, whose players are: the best present – day footballer Lionel Messi and the excellent Brasilian, Neymar.
- If you want to win something great, you have to beat great teams. I think that Barcelona is very worried that we are drawn to play against them. The Catalans are not the team of two years ago. – manager of Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini, is optimist.
His players beat the European champion Bayern in the last match, although they were losing 2:0. He thinks that his team has matured for this competition.:
- That result has brought us a lot of self-confidence. We are making progress from day to day and we have to continue in that way.
The match between sevenfold Europe champion and also only Italian team that has remained in the competition, Milan, and Atlético, which has no losses in this season of the Champions League will be also interesting.
The manager of Chelsea José Mourinho wanted to play against Didier Drogba and his wish has come true. The player which passed eight years in that club will lead Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge.
- What a draw! I’m the happiest man of the competition. I will play both of the games at home. See you in several months. – Drogba wrote on his Instagram.
Bayer, the second-placed team in Germany, will face Paris Saint-Germain, which is the leading in the French League. Other teams from the first hat will have a bit easier job. Real will play against Schalke, while Manchester United will play against Olympiacos. The European vice-champion Borussia Dortmund will play against team which had only six points in the group – Zenit. The draw was semi-conducted so that the clubs from the same countries couldn’t have been drawn, as well as those who were in the same group.
The eighth-final matches of the Champions League are on 18th or 19th and 25th or 26th February, and second matches are on 11th or 12th and 18th or 19th March. The final is on 24thMay at the stadium Benfica in Lisbon.
The round of 16 pairs of Champions League:
Manchester City – Barcelona
Olympiacos – Manchester United
Milan – Atlético
Bajer – Paris Saint-Germain
Galatasaray – Chelsea
Schalke – Real
Zenit – Borussia
Arsenal – Bayern
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