Arsenal Faces Barcelona In Champions League Round Of 16

The draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 was made this morning in Switzerland. The biggest headline for Premier League clubs is that Arsenal will face Barcelona, which will be a rematch of last season’s Champions League quarter-final which the Spanish giants won 6-3 on aggregate.

The fate of the other English clubs were revealed in the draw this morning. Manchester United will play Marseille, while Chelsea have been handed a tie with Copenhagen. Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, will face AC Milan.

The round of 16 games will be played February 15-23 and March 8-16, 2011.

In the draw for the other Champions League matches, the biggest headline is that Inter Milan will play Bayern Munich, which were the two teams who battled it out in last year’s final. Roma will play Shakhtar Donetsk. Valencia visits Schalke. Last, but not least, Real Madrid will play Lyon.

Manchester United and Chelsea would cruise past Marseille and Copenhagen with relative ease. But North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham will have their work cut out for them with their two-leg clashes against Barcelona and AC Milan respectively. On paper you would have to consider that Barcelona are strong favorites to beat Arsenal again especially with relative ease in which Barcelona beat the Gunners in the second leg whereby Wenger allowed Barcelona too much time and space.

With Tottenham, anything is possible. As we saw against Inter Milan, they could be three-nil down in a short amount of time and the match may seemingly be over. But Tottenham came back against Inter. However, AC Milan are a lot more defensively stronger than Inter Milan so Spurs may find it won’t be so easy.

In the meantime, here is the draw for the Europa League which was also announced this morning:

  • Napoli v Villarreal
  • Rangers v Sporting Lisbon
  • Sparta Prague v Liverpool
  • Anderlecht v Ajax
  • Lech Poznan v Braga
  • Besiktas v Dynamo Kiev
  • Basle v Spartak Moscow
  • Young Boys v Zenit St Petersburg
  • Aris Salonika v Manchester City
  • PAOK v CSKA Moscow
  • Sevilla v Porto
  • Rubin Kazan v FC Twente
  • Lille v PSV Eindhoven
  • Benfica v Stuttgart
  • BATE v Paris St Germain
  • Metalist Kharkiv v Bayer Leverkusen

The full draw for the round of 16 in the Europa League:

  • Benfica/Stuttgart v BATE/Paris St Germain
  • Besiktas/Dynamo Kiev v Aris Salonika/Manchester City
  • Rubin Kazan/FC Twente v Young Boys/Zenit St Petersburg
  • PAOK/CSKA Moscow v Sevilla/Porto
  • Lille/PSV v Rangers/Sporting Lisbon
  • Metalist Kharkiv/Bayer Leverkusen v Napoli v Villarreal
  • Anderlecht/Ajax v Basle/Spartak Moscow
  • Sparta Prague/Liverpool v Lech Poznan/Braga

What do you think of the draw? Which Premier League teams will make it through to the next round of both the Champions League and Europa League? Are there any banana skins that English teams should watch out for? Share your feedback in the comments section below.


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