Monday’s draw in Nyon – conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, UEFA competitions director Giorgio Marchetti and Luis Figo, ambassador for the final in his home city of Lisbon – means Bayern will travel to England to play Arsenal in February for the first leg of their tie, uefa.com reports. The German champions prevailed on away goals when they met the Gunners at this juncture last term, winning 3-1 at the Arsenal Stadium but losing 2-0 in the return.
Chelsea, meanwhile, will welcome Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge when Galatasaray AS visit in March. Drogba struck 157 goals in 341 games for the Londoners between 2004 and 2012, but perhaps his most famous act in a Blue shirt was supplying both the equaliser and the clinching shoot-out penalty for the Premier League side in the 2012 final against Bayern.
Chelsea’s domestic rivals Manchester City FC, the sole debutants at this stage, were paired with four-time winners FC Barcelona in a contest to savour for their Spanish internationals Alvaro Negredo, David Silva and Jesus Navas, not to mention ex-Blaugrana midfielder Yaya Touré and the club’s director of football Txiki Begiristain.
The complete results of Monday’s draw:
Champions League last 16: Man City – Barcelona, Olympiacos – Man United, AC Milan – Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen – PSG, Galatasaray – Chelsea, Schalke 04 – Real Madrid, Zenit – Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal – Bayern.
Europa League last 32: Dnipro-Tottenham, Betis – Rubin, Swansea – Napoli, Juventus – Trabzonspor, Maribor – Sevilla, Plzen – Shakhtar Donetsk, Chornomorets Odesa – Lyon, Lazio –Ludogorets, Esbjerg – Fiorentina, Ajax – Salzburg, M. Tel-Aviv – Basel, Porto – Eintracht Frankfurt, Anji – Genk, Dynamo Kyiv – Valencia, PAOK – Benfica, Liberec – AZAZ (NED)