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. 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 for the first time while five-time winners Bayern Munich take on Shakhtar Donetsk. Swiss club FC Basel play Porto.
After drawing 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. The first legs will be played on February 17/18 and February 24/25 with the second legs being played on March 10/11 and March 17/18 next year.