Holders FC Barcelona will continue their defence of the UEFA Champions League against Bayer 04 Leverkusen after the draw for the round of 16 was held in Nyon, Switzerland.
2011/12 UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v APOEL FC (CYP)
SSC Napoli (ITA) v Chelsea FC (ENG)
AC Milan (ITA) v Arsenal FC (ENG)
FC Basel 1893 (SUI) v FC Bayern München (GER)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) v FC Barcelona (ESP, holders)
PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS) v Real Madrid CF (ESP)
FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS) v SL Benfica (POR)
Olympique de Marseille (FRA) v FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
The Spanish side − currently in Yokohama for the FIFA Club World Cup, where they will take on Santos FC in Sunday’s final − will travel to Germany for the first leg in February, with the return at the Camp Nou in March. Barcelona’s domestic rivals Real Madrid CF, who won all six Group D games − only the fifth team to achieve a perfect record in the UEFA Champions League group stage − take on PFC CSKA Moskva.
Four-time winners FC Bayern München have been paired with FC Basel 1893 − who eliminated last season’s beaten finalists Manchester United FC in Group C − having also met in the 2010/11 group stage, Bayern winning 2-1 in Switzerland and 3-0 in Munich. The 2010 champions FC Internazionale Milano face Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille, the winners in 1993.
The draw contained three debutants in APOEL FC, SSC Napoli and FC Zenit St Petersburg, with the Cypriot titleholders facing Olympique Lyonnais in what was the first tie to be drawn. Chelsea FC are the opponents for Napoli while Zenit tackle SL Benfica.
AC Milan, who claimed the last of their seven titles in 2007, have been paired with Arsenal FC − 2-0 winners on aggregate against the Italian side at this stage of the 2007/08 competition. The first legs will be played on 14/15/21/22 February; the returns will take place on 6/7/13/14 March. The schedule will be confirmed shortly.
Tough draw for Arsenal, they have to face AC Milan again. Just some flashback from 2007/2008 at San Siro, Arsenal won the match via Fabregas’ long shot and Walcott’ right wing run with a finishing from Adebayor, ended up 0-2 aggregate for Arsenal. I wish Jack Wilshere would be fit for the first leg, because Arsenal will need some extra-players for rotation during those hard weeks.