Barcelona draw City

Published: Tuesday | December 17, 2013 Comments 0

NYON, Switzerland (AP):

Barcelona were drawn yesterday to face in-form Manchester City and their strong contingent of Spanish internationals in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Spanish champions will first travel to Etihad Stadium, where Manchester United and Arsenal have already been routed in the English Premier League this season.

"I think Barcelona will be very concerned that they have drawn us," said Man City coach Manuel Pellegrini, who spent the past nine seasons in the Spanish league. "They are not the team of two years ago."

Chelsea will have an emotional reunion with former striker Didier Drogba when they play Galatasaray and defending champions Bayern Munich were paired with Arsenal in the last 16 for the second straight year.

Both Man City and Arsenal ended up with tough draws after finishing second in their Champions League groups.

"No one of the (seeded teams) wanted to find Man City or Arsenal," said former Barcelona playmaker Luis Figo, who helped conduct the draw. "It's bad luck for Barcelona and Bayern Munich."

Also, nine-time winners Real Madrid will face Schalke, Manchester United got a favourable draw against Olympiakos, Borussia Dortmund will face Zenit St. Petersburg, AC Milan will play Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain will meet Bayer Leverkusen.

The first legs will be played February 18-19 and 25-26, with the return matches set for March 11-12 and 18-19.

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