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Phuket: Milan-Barca, Madrid-United top last-16 line-up

Phuket: Milan-Barca, Madrid-United top last-16 line-up

Matches between Barcelona and AC Milan and Manchester United and Real Madrid topped the bill in the draw for the Champions League last 16 at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Thursday.

Friday 21 December 2012, 09:02AM


Barca’s Lionel Messi. Barcelona will face AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League draw.

Barca’s Lionel Messi. Barcelona will face AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League draw.

AC Milan versus Barcelona and Real Madrid versus Manchester United are the top ties of the last 16 of the Champions League, after the draw was made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on Thursday.

Arsenal were drawn against last season's beaten finalists, Bayern Munich, while Celtic's reward for reaching the knockout phase is a rendezvous with Italian champions Juventus.

Big-spending French club Paris Saint-Germain will take on Valencia, with German champions Borussia Dortmund slated to face their Ukrainian counterparts Shakhtar Donetsk.

In the remaining ties, competition debutants Malaga tackle Porto and Turkish outfit Galatasaray meet German side Schalke.

The first-leg matches will be played on dates between February 12-13 and February 19-20 and the return legs between March 5-6 and March 12-13.

Champions League last 16 draw:

Galatasaray (TUR) v Schalke 04 (GER)
Celtic (SCO) v Juventus (ITA)
Arsenal (ENG) v Bayern Munich (GER)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)
AC Milan (ITA) v Barcelona (ESP)
Real Madrid (ESP) v Manchester United (ENG)
Valencia (ESP) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
FC Porto (POR) v Malaga (ESP)

Here are some reactions to the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League on Thursday:

Galatasaray v Schalke 04
“In the Champions League’s last 16, there is no easy opponent. But obviously, I see chances for us to reach the quarter-final if we put in a good performance.” – Jens Keller (Schalke coach)

Celtic v Juventus
“In terms of glamour it is great. In terms of qualification it is going to be very tough. But we will take it as it comes and our supporters will be looking forward to this match. – Neil Lennon (Celtic coach) to Sky Sports News.

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“Celtic are the only team to have beaten Barca this season. We’ve defintiely got a good chance of getthing through but we’re going to have to show total concentration, especially in Glasgow, where we’re expecting a very heated atmosphere.” – (Pavel Nedved, member of the Juventus board of directors)

Arsenal v Bayern Munich
“We know Arsenal well. That’s fortunate and we can be happy about the draw. The game won’t be a foregone conclusion and we should not underestimate Arsenal. It’s important we try and get a good result in London and score a goal.” – Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich chairman)

“That’s a good draw, I am looking forward to seeing Poldi (Lukas Podolski) and Per (Mertesacker) again, it’s always something special to meet national team-mates.” – Philipp Lahm (Bayern captain)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)
“That certainly wasn’t our desired draw. That is a tough task but we have shown in the group stage that we can assert ourselves against strong opponents. Perhaps it is a small advantage for us that the league in the Ukraine starts a bit later.” – Hans-Joachim Watzke (Borussia Dortmund owner) to Sky Sports News

AC Milan (ITA) v Barcelona (ESP)
“Last season we faced them twice (the group stage and quarter-finals), this time only once fortunately. We are now used to playing in Catalonia... We face a perfect machine even if they had more problems than usual this season in the group stage. This is the highest hurdle we could face but if we manage to pass it we can go all the way.” – Umberto Gandini (AC Milan sporting director) on uefa.com

“Personally, I’m happy about facing Milan. Not because it’s an easy opponent but because it’s a team I’ve always liked.” – Carles Puyol (Barcelona captain) on Twitter

Real Madrid (ESP) v Manchester United (ENG)
“It’s the tie that everyone wanted to see – but that nobody wanted to see. They wanted to save it for later in the competition. One thing going in our favour is that our one victory over Real Madrid in this competition was in the year we won the final at Wembley (in 1968) so let’s hope that is a lucky omen.” – John Alexander (Manchester United club secretary)

“I’m sure it’s going to be a special game for (former Old Trafford favourite) Ronaldo. He’s a great professional so I’m sure he’s going to do his best to help Real Madrid qualify for the next round, but going back there will be special for him.” – Emilio Butragueno (Real director and former player)

Valencia (ESP) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
“It’s a special draw. PSG are a very strong team, with very good players. It’s going to be difficult for Valencia... The most important thing for (us) is to regain our form before the Champions League against PSG.” – Jordi Bruixola (Valencia spokesman) to BeIN Sport

“I played at Valencia, even if it was 20 years ago. The crowd is very passionate. They’ve played two Champions League finals and have a lot of experience.” – Leonardo (PSG sporting director) to BeIN Sport.

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