Today the Uefa Champions league last-16 draw has been made and while we’ll watch some old faces and the meetings, some clubs were more luckier with a draw than others.
Arsenal stuff couldn’t believe that once again their club was paired with the German giant, Bayern Munich. Arsenal and Bayern were in the eighth finals which was played back in 2012/13. and 2013/14. Last season these two teams have met in the Group Stage. All three times the Bavarians were successful.
Arsenal’s representative at the draw was general secretary David Miles who was not happy when he learned the name of the opponent.
“Who would have said that we will play again. In recent years, we played six times with each other. It will not be easy, but Bayern we will wait courageously and with positive thoughts,” said Miles.
At Bayern they think that Arsenal is in super form.
“In front of us is a big opponent, and there will be two interesting matches. Arsenal this season is playing well and has a quality team, but I believe in my team and I believe that we can book out a place in the quarter-finals,” said the coach of the German giant’s Carlo Ancelotti.
One of the strongest pairs of the knockout stage will be the clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona. It will be a repeat of their clash two years ago when they played in the quarter-finals. Barca celebrated with a total of 5:1.
“We knew that it is possible to draw some of the best clubs in the world and that’s what happened. Two times we played against Barcelona and we know it will be difficult. We know everything about our opponent, everyone knows all about Barcelona. But, against Barcelona we must be careful, “said the sporting director of PSG Patrick Kluivert.
The current European champion Real Madrid will compete against Napoli, but the 2nd leg match will be at the San Paolo.
“It is important to achieve a good result in the first leg because we know in Naples it will be crazy. I know how it’s to play there. I remember when we played in 1987 against Napoli which was then led by Maradona. It was a very tough away game, ” said the sport director of the Los Blancos, Emilio Butragueno.
Napoli’s striker Arkadiusz Milik enthusiastically welcomed a draw in which his side is set to play against the European champions.
“We all live for a game like that. In front of us is a big challenge, the European champion is coming. It will be a great atmosphere,” said the Polish striker.
At Man City happy that they’ve avoided Bayern Munich and Real Madrid
Manchester City will play against Monaco who this season is the highest scoring team in the top five leagues.
“We are happy that we are here and that we manage to avoid Bayern and Real Madrid. It will not be easy game nor against Monaco. At the moment they are playing the best football in France,” said the Citizens sport director, Txiki Brgiristain.
In the ranks of the English champions, Leicester City, satisfaction of playing against Sevilla wasn’t hidden.
“Our European path continues against Sevilla. I can not wait for these two matches,” said the Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Sevilla: Leicester plays great in Europe
Sporting director of Sevilla, Monchi believes that Leicester is an extremely strong opponent and that they don’t have many reasons to celebrate.
“We will play against the English champion. Leicester last weekend scored four goals to Manchester City. They play great in Europe and it will not be easy for us. However, at this stage of the competition there are no easy rivals,” said Monchi.
Borussia Dortmund will look for the way to the quarterfinals over Benfica.
“Last year we played against Porto, and this season we played against Sporting. Now we are set to play against another Portuguese giant Benfica. We look forward to play against one of the most successful European clubs, “said Borussia’s coach Thomas Tuchel.