GUNNERS TO FACE BAYERN AGAIN | ARSENAL get another chance to beat Bayern Munich in a Champions League knockout tie after the sides were paired yet again in the round of 16 following yesterday’s draw.
They met at the same stage in 2005, 2013 and 2014, with the German champions winning all three clashes – 3-2 on aggregate in 2005, on away goals after a 3-3 draw in 2013 and 3-1 in 2014.Paris St Germain will also try to break a jinx when they face Spanish champions Barcelona, who knocked them out in the quarterfinals in 2013 and 2014.
Holders Real Madrid, who like Bayern finished as runners-up in their group, were given a tricky clash with Serie A side Napoli.
The draw produced a potential grudge match with Bayer Leverkusen pitted against Atletico Madrid, whose respective coaches Roger Schmidt and Diego Simeone, were involved in an ugly touchline spat when the sides met two seasons ago. On that occasion, Atletico went through on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate draw.
The Gunners may feel this is their best chance to beat Bayern, whose domestic and European form has not been as good as in recent seasons.“We are through to the knockout stage for the 14th consecutive season, which is testament to Arsene Wenger and the teams throughout that time,” club secretary David Miles said.
“The fans will think we got the rough end of the draw again – at some stage the tide has to turn and we’ll beat them.”Serie A champions Juventus were drawn against Porto in a repeat of the 1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup final which the Italian side won 2-1.
Sevilla and English champions Leicester City will meet for the first time, as will Manchester City and AS Monaco.Benfica and Borussia Dortmund renew their rivalry after 52 years, the sides having previously met in the 1963-64 European Cup.