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Friday 25 April 2014

Guide to Champions League last 16 ties

The draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League took place today.

Here we look at the resulting eight ties.



REAL MADRID v MANCHESTER UNITED



Real Madrid



Coach: Jose Mourinho



Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002.



Chances: Over a decade on from Real's last Champions League triumph, it would appear boss Mourinho is determined to clinch the crown for the club this season and they are widely regarded as joint favourites alongside Barcelona.



Did you know? Real appeared in eight of the first 11 European Cup finals.



Manchester United



Coach: Sir Alex Ferguson



Star man: Robin van Persie



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1968, 1999, 2008



Chances: Have marched pretty efficiently into the knockout rounds and look to be among the strongest contenders.



Did you know? United's victory in the final in 1968 made them the first English club to win the European Cup.



VALENCIA v PARIS ST GERMAIN



Valencia



Coach: Ernesto Valverde



Star man: Roberto Soldado



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Runner-up 2000, 2001



Chances: Do not appear equipped for a really extended run in the competition this season.



Did you know? Valencia recorded their biggest Champions League win last season by beating Genk 7-0.



Paris St Germain



Coach: Carlo Ancelotti



Star man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Semi-final 1995



Chances: Mega-rich PSG have ambitions to win the Champions League this term and if striker Ibrahimovic can continue his superb form, it might just happen.



Did you know? Paris St Germain were only formed in 1970, as a merger between Paris FC and Stade St Germain.



GALATASARAY v SCHALKE



Galatasaray



Coach: Fatih Terim



Star man: Burak Yilmaz



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Semi-finals 1989



Chances: Snatched second spot in Group H from CFR Cluj. Few teams will fancy making the trip to the intimidating Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul.



Did you know? Gala became the first Turkish to win a European trophy when they beat Arsenal on penalties to win the 2000 UEFA Cup.



Schalke



Coach: Jens Keller



Star man: Klaas Jan Huntelaar



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Semi-final 2011



Chances: Unbeaten through their group, with Arsenal certainly knowing they are not a team to be taken lightly.



Did you know? Despite their Champions League success, poor form in the Bundesliga cost their Dutch coach Huub Stevens his job earlier this month. He has been replaced by under-17 coach Keller.



PORTO v MALAGA



Porto



Coach: Vitor Pereira.



Star man: Jackson Martinez.



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winner 1987, 2004



Chances: Have shown they can go all the way before, but it seems unlikely they will trouble the major sides this time.



Did you know? Pereira was previously assistant boss at Porto under Andre Villas-Boas, who led the team to a treble of the Portuguese league and cup and Europa League in 2011 before moving to Chelsea.



Malaga



Coach: Manuel Pellegrini



Star man: Isco



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Debut



Chances: Impressive so far in their debut Champions League season, although inexperience may count against them in the knockout rounds.



Did you know? Pellegrini took Villarreal to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2006, but during his brief period as boss at Real Madrid, could only get Los Blancos to the last 16.



CELTIC v JUVENTUS



Celtic



Coach: Neil Lennon



Star man: Victor Wanyama



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1967



Chances: Given little hope after being grouped with Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow but reached knockout stage for first time since 2007-08 season. Anything else would be a bonus for the Scottish champions.



Did you know? The club was founded in 1887 with the stated purpose of alleviating poverty in Glasgow's East End parishes.



Juventus



Coach: Antonio Conte



Star man: Arturo Vidal



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1985, 1996



Chances: Serie A champions snuck into last 16 by winning final group game and will be expected to step it up when European competition resumes in February.



Did you know? Juve's original strip was pink, back in 1897. They adopted their new colours six years later when Turin-based Englishman John Savage acquired a set of black and white vertical striped shirts from a Notts County-supporting friend.



ARSENAL v BAYERN MUNICH



Arsenal



Coach: Arsene Wenger



Star man: Santi Cazorla



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Runner-up 2006



Chances: Have had a stuttering campaign, particularly at home, and will need to show considerable improvement to be genuine contenders.



Did you know? Arsenal have now qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League for 13 seasons in a row - all of which has been achieved under Wenger.



Bayern Munich



Coach: Jupp Heynckes



Star man: Franck Ribery



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001



Chances: Last season's beaten finalists are looking to make amends and have been effective so far.



Did you know? Bayern lost the 2011-12 Champions League final despite it being played at their home ground, being defeated on penalties by Chelsea at the Allianz Arena following a 1-1 draw.



SHAKHTAR DONETSK v BORUSSIA DORTMUND



Shakhtar Donetsk



Coach: Mircea Lucescu



Star man: Luiz Adriano



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Quarter-final 2011



Chances: Another side to have really grabbed people's attention in the group stage and interesting outsiders.



Did you know? Lucescu guided Shakhtar to the UEFA Cup title in 2009, the final year before the tournament was rebranded as the Europa League.



Borussia Dortmund



Coach: Jurgen Klopp



Star man: Robert Lewandowski



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1997



Chances: Have very much caught the eye in the group stage and are being tipped as dark horses for the title.



Did you know? Dortmund, under Klopp, have won the Bundesliga for the past two seasons, securing a domestic double in 2011-12 by adding the DFB-Pokal.



AC MILAN v BARCELONA



AC Milan



Coach: Massimiliano Allegri



Star man: Stephan El Shaarawy



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007



Chances: Struggling this term domestically and in Europe they are not the force of old, although their pedigree in this competition means they should not be entirely written off.



Did you know? The club was founded as a football and cricket outfit by English expatriates in 1899.



Barcelona



Coach: Tito Vilanova



Star man: Lionel Messi



Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011



Chances: The news that Vilanova requires an operation on his parotid gland and faces six weeks of chemotherapy could disrupt Barca's momentum, but could equally act as motivation for his talented squad.



Did you know? Prior to their 2006 Champions League triumph, Barcelona had not featured in a European Cup final since 1994.



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