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Round of 16 draw as it happened

Published: Friday 16 December 2011, 15.25CET
UEFA.com's team of reporters from across the continent brought you all the build-up and reaction to Friday's UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland.
 
Published: Friday 16 December 2011, 15.25CET

Round of 16 draw as it happened

UEFA.com's team of reporters from across the continent brought you all the build-up and reaction to Friday's UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland.

UEFA.com's team of reporters brought you all the build-up and reaction to Friday's UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland.

All times CET

Friday 15.45, UEFA.com newsdesk
That is all from our live commentary on today's draws. Our first two reaction pieces, which include the thoughts of Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri and Bayern's Jupp Heynckes, are now available, with quotes from the six other games to follow.

Friday 15.30, UEFA.com newsdesk
Do not forget to cast your vote for the UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2011, which gives users the chance to pick a team of players who have lit up the European game in the last 12 months.

Friday 15.15, UEFA.com newsdesk
Inter ambassador Luís Figo has set his sights high following today's round of 16 draw. "Our objective is to make it to the final," he said. "We are confident we can get that far despite the problems we've had up to now; we are optimistic."

Friday 15.05, UEFA.com newsdesk
The full round of 16 fixture list has been released, with Leverkusen v Barcelona and Lyon v APOEL kicking things off on Tuesday 14 February.

Friday 14.40, Steffen Potter in Frankfurt
Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhäuser can see no chinks in Barcelona's armour. "How to beat them? I have no idea," he said. "We have a big advantage: we don't have to scout Barcelona. Everyone knows their strengths. I know no coach who knows their weaknesses." Robin Dutt will look to find some and is looking forward to pitting his wits against the holders. "As player and coach you wish to compete with the best," he said. "The main featiure of Barcelona is that they have lots of stars, but they perform as a team."

The round of 16's other Bundesliga representatives, Bayern, face a Basel side who see themselves as major underdogs. "It is once more David against Goliath, but we know the role of David," said coach Heiko Vogel. "We accept this role and like it a lot and want to trip up Bayern."

Friday 14.25, Paul Bryan in Madrid
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta on the Azulgrana meeting Leverkusen: "You already know I really like [German] football as it is always very competitive, their teams never give up and never fear any rival. It will be a beautiful tie."

Friday 14.20, Steffen Potter in Frankfurt
Bayern appear to be confident of overcoming Basel in the last 16 and reaching the quarter-finals. "If we play at 100%, we will manage this," said Franck Ribéry. Coach Jupp Heynches added that "Basel is a manageable task", but Arjen Robben was keen to issue a word of caution. "Manchester United know how dangerous Basel are," said the Netherlands winger.

Friday 14.10, UEFA.com newsdesk
Marseille may have been handed a tough draw in the shape of Inter, but former goalkeeper Fabian Barthez feels the Ligue 1 outfit are in good shape with Didier Deschamps at the helm. "This Marseille team is young, they're in a learning phase in the Champions League," he said. "They have a great coach, not just because he's a friend and I played with him for a long time, but I know what he thinks about football, I know what he thinks about education in football."

Friday 13.55, Paul Bryan in Madrid
Sandro Rosell, Barcelona president, feels the holders, who have been drawn against Leverkusen, were ready for any challenge. "We would have been happy with whatever team because at this level you have to be prepared to play against every rival," he said.

Friday 13.50, UEFA.com newsdesk
The UEFA Europa League round of 32 draw in full:

FC Porto v Manchester City FC
AFC Ajax v Manchester United FC
FC Lokomotiv Moskva v Athletic Club
FC Salzburg v FC Metalist Kharkiv
Stoke City FC v Valencia CF
FC Rubin Kazan v Olympiacos CF
AZ Alkmaar v RSC Anderlecht
S.S. Lazio v Club Atlético de Madrid
FC Steaua Bucureşti v FC Twente
FC Viktoria Plzeň v FC Schalke 04
Wisła Kraków v R. Standard de Liège
SC Braga v Beşiktaş JK
Udinese Calcio v PAOK FC
Trabzonspor AŞ v PSV Eindhoven
Hannover 96 v Club Brugge KV
Legia Warszawa v Sporting Clube de Portugal

Friday 13.45, Fabio Balaudo in Milan
Inter coach Claudio Ranieri is looking forward to being reunited with Didier Deschamps having been drawn against Marseille. "It's an interesting challenge between Inter and Marseille and between me and Deschamps," he said. "He got the better of me in 2004, when he was coaching Monaco and I was at Chelsea. Now it's time to me to take revenge."

Friday 13.42, Paul Bryan in Madrid
Ahead of his team's FIFA World Club Cup final against Santos FC on Sunday, Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fàbregas gave his thoughts on Twitter on the holders' meeting with Bayer Leverkusen: "So, we're going to Germany. Bayer 04 Leverkusen have always been one of the strongest German teams. We've avoided the Russian sides: that's good."

Friday 13.40, Dmitri Rogovitski in Moscow
CSKA coach Leonid Slutski after his team were pitted against Liga powerhouses Real Madrid: "We are facing a meeting against a top club and I personally am looking forward to another meeting with José Mourinho. I believe we can rival Madrid. We are in for exciting and prestigious matches, both for the club and the players. We do not play one of the best teams in the world very every day."

Friday 13.30, UEFA.com newsdesk
UEFA Europa League round of 32 draw highlights: Porto v Manchester City, Ajax v Manchester United, Lazio v Atlético. Full draw to come.

Former Manchester United FC goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel on Twitter
@Pschmeichel1:
Tough but interesting draws for all English clubs in both comps. #ChampionsLeague #EuropaLeague

Friday 13.20, Pedro Gonçalves in Lisbon
Benfica sporting director Rui Costa after being paired against Zenit. "We are very confident about our chances and we have to be optimistic," he said. "Zenit showed great value during the group stage and knocked out FC Porto. We respect our opponent, but I think Benfica has a team to go through to the next round."

Friday 13.05, John Leonidou in Nicosia
Speaking to UEFA.com, APOEL midfielder Hélio Pinto said that the Cypriot title holders remain confident after drawing Lyon. "In my opinion, it will be really great for us to play against them and we will all be looking forward to it. It is our dream to be playing in these games.

"We knew before the draw that every team we would face would be a strong opponent. We didn't have any preferences with regards to who we could face. Lyon is a fantastic team with great players, a great stadium, passionate fans and with plenty of experience in the Champions League. We all saw what they did in their group which is also consisted of Real Madrid."

Friday 13.00, UEFA.com newsdesk
UEFA's General Secretary Gianni Infantino, conducting both of today's draws, is confident the European club game is going from strength to strength.

Infantino cited the 254 goals scored in the group stage as evidence of an exciting competition. UEFA.com recaps the various records, feats and landmarks which were achieved during the group stage.

Friday 12.50, Paolo Menicucci in Milan
Napoli's Andrea Dossena, formerly of Liverpool FC, has plenty of experience of playing Chelsea. "I played against Chelsea in the quarter-finals when I was at Liverpool, a 4-4 draw away and we lost 3-1 at home . I think they were the third most difficult team to pick after the two Spanish sides. I think we play better against sides who are not just defending and Chelsea will try to attack in both legs. We struggle against smaller teams and we always give our best against the best, and Chelsea are surely among the best."

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri, meanwhile, knows how tough an assignment Arsenal will be. "Arsenal did not have a great start to the season but they did recover well and I'm sure they will be very competitive in February," he said. "If we make the same mistakes we did in Prague and Minsk in the group stage, we will surely have problems. Arsenal are strong and we have to be in our best form."

@cesc4official: Woooow Arsenal vs Milan!!!! What a draw!!

@JackWilshere: Hard draw but you have to beat the best to win it! Looking forward to it! #Gooners

Friday 12.50, UEFA.com newsdesk
UEFA.com's round of 16 draw story
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Friday 12.45, Tom Kell in London
Both Premier League clubs have reacted to the draw. "It will be difficult," said Chelsea club secretary David Barnard of the Napoli tie. "It will be some occasion and it will be a lot warmer than playing a Russian team so it will be a new experience for this club. The feeling is upbeat."

Arsenal club secretary David Miles, meanwhile, is relishing the prospect of facing Milan. "We are very much looking forward to these two fixutres," he said. "When you think that being by group winners we start in the San Siro then we play a second leg at a packed stadium I think it is going to be a fantastic night of football for Arsenal Football Club. We have been on the rough end of Barcelona for two years running and it was nice knowing it was not going to happen for a third time."

Friday 12.40, UEFA.com newsdesk
The UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw in full (ties to be played 14/15 February and 21/22 February):

Lyon v APOEL
Napoli v Chelsea
Milan v Arsenal
Basel v Bayern
Leverkusen v Barcelona
CSKA v Real Madrid
Zenit v Benfica
Marseille v Inter

The UEFA Europa League round of 32 and round of 16 draws will be streamed live on UEFA.com from 13.00.

Friday 12.35, UEFA.com newsdesk
Milan have been handed a tough draw but goalkeeper Dida feels his former side are well equipped to go far in this season's competition. "Milan are growing," he said. "I think they have been showing that they are reacting and are willing. I believe Milan can be compared to Barcelona and Real Madrid, because they have talent on the pitch, they have talents who want to win, and I believe they will able to get there and even win it. Why not win it? I think that in football there can always be a surprise champion."

Friday 12:25, Christian Châtelet in Paris
Marseille chairman Vincent Labrune has plenty of reason to celebrate after the draw. He said prior to it: "I want to meet Inter Milan. I have great memories of 2003/04." In that season, OM beat the Nerazzurri 2-0 on aggregate in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

Friday 12.24, UEFA.com newsdesk
The final tie out is Marseille against 2010 winners Inter.

Friday 12.23, UEFA.com newsdesk
CSKA have been pitted against Real Madrid, while fellow Russian side Zenit are up against Benfica, a side they have not played before.

Friday 12.21, UEFA.com newsdesk
Basel and Bayern will meet in the last 16, with Leverkusen drawn against holders Barcelona.

Friday 12.19, UEFA.com newsdesk
Arsenal have been drawn against Milan, who they beat 2-0 on aggregate in at this stage in the 2007/08 competition.

Friday 12.18, UEFA.com newsdesk
The second fixture is Napoli against Chelsea: the two teams have never played each other before in UEFA competition.

Friday 12.16, UEFA.com newsdesk
The first tie to come out is Lyon versus APOEL.

Friday 12.15, UEFA Champions League Final Ambassador Paul Breitner
We are proud that we have the final on 19 May. Everyone expects that our own team will play in the final at their own stadium against any of the remaining 15 teams – anybody!

Friday 12.10, John Leonidou in Nicosia
All Cypriot media is focusing on today's draw, now just moments away. Sport Day writes: "APOEL will today be in the draw for the Last 16 of the Champions League something which is indeed…A Great Honour!" The paper goes on to show a picture of APOEL boss Ivan Jovanović saying that he is not daunted by today's draw: "None of the opponents we could face are any better than [group stage opponents] Shakhtar, Zenit or Porto."

Under the title 'Left to their own fate' Goal news shows an animation of APOEL midfielder Gustavo Manduca facing some of the star players of clubs in the runners-up pot. The paper also highlights a comment from Jovanović: "Whoever we meet, we will face them without fear. For us this is a great challenge and we are very motivated."

Friday 12.05, Dmitri Rogovitski in Moscow
CSKA captain Sergei Ignashevich revealed he would rather not play Bayern in the knockoutstage. "Speaking of nice football it would be better to play Barcelona, Madrid or Arsenal," he said. "The least desirable option is Bayern. It is very difficult to play German sides in whatever condition they are. I have no idea what matches against APOEL would be like. I know for sure that playing all the other teams will be interesting."

Friday 12.00, UEFA.com newsdesk
You can watch the draw, under way now, live on UEFA.com.

Have your say on Twitter
@benarsen1886:
@UEFAcom a trip to Russia must be avoided #arsenal

@42BigGamesJames: @UEFAcom For the teams in 2nd place has to be Barça of course. For 1st place team maybe a trip to Russia must be avoid and also Naples

Friday 11.45 , Patrick Hart in Nyon
UEFA welcomes representatives from 16 UEFA Champions League teams to its House of European Football this morning – chances are, they'll just be glad to get inside, such are the hostile weather conditions here in western Switzerland. It is far too cold for it to be a monsoon, but that's what the driving wind and horizontal rain are hinting at.

Friday 11.25, UEFA.com newsdesk
Get involved throughout the day on Twitter using @UEFAcom and #ChampionsLeague.

Friday 11.20, Pedro Gonçalves in Lisbon
Benfica coach Jorge Jesus knows there will be no easy test for his team in the knockout stage. "I don't have a preferred opponent for this draw," he said. "In the Champions League, when you get to this stage, all the teams are strong, even the ones with less pedigree."

Newspaper O Jogo says of Benfica's chances: "Benfica earned a place in the elite pot for the last 16 draw and know they will not play teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern. But the Eagles may still find a historically difficult adversary in the form of Milan, a team Benfica have never beaten in European competition."

Friday 11.10, Tom Kell in London
Today's Times claims there are six, perhaps seven, teams to watch out for. "On paper there are two outstanding sides (Barcelona and Real Madrid), a dark horse (Bayern Munich) and, a notch below, three teams with the pedigree and talent to win it if things go their way: Milan, Chelsea and Arsenal," reports the newspaper. "At a stretch, you could include Inter in that group of outsiders."

Friday 11.00, UEFA.com newsdesk
Do not forget to cast your vote in our matchday six Ups and Downs poll and be in with a chance of winning tickets to May's final in Munich.

Friday 10.35, Paolo Menicucci in Milan
While Gazzetta dello Sport's headline – "Real and Barça nightmare for Milan and Napoli" – makes clear which are the teams to avoid for the Italian teams, according to Corriere dello Sport Napoli will not fear anyone in the round of 16. "The vaccination in the group stage was powerful enough to face even the most dangerous virus.

"After facing Bayern, Manchester City and Villarreal, Napoli can also play against Leo Messi and his Ballon d'Or collection or Josè Mourinho. After all, the Portuguese coach knows from his days at Inter that the San Paolo stadium can become the best attacker or the strongest defender when needed."v

Friday 10.30, Dmitri Rogovitski in Moscow
Zenit coach Luciano Spalletti, who has returned to Italy for a holiday, hopes for a good draw. "We need a little bit of luck," he said. "Of course there is a difference between us and the teams like Barcelona, Madrid, Bayern and Chelsea. Zenit's goal now is to qualify for the quarter-finals. In any case I do not want to play against Madrid or Barça."

CSKA coach Leaonid Slutski, meanwhile, makes no secret of what he is hoping for. "The ideal option is APOEL," he told daily Sport-Express. "If we are drawn against Barcelona in their top form then we can only hope for a miracle. Barça are the strongest team in the world football. It is difficult to rival them for any club, not just us. We can simply remember last season's final, when Manchester United did not have a chance."

Friday 10.00, Christian Châtelet in Paris
Marseille midfielder Alou Diarra is wary of potential round of 16 opponents Barcelona. "We watched the Clásico and Barça are very strong, definitely ahead of Real. [APOEL] are the preferred opponents even though they advanced in style." Diarra’s team-mate, Loïc Rémy, added his preference: "Either Barça or APOEL, every side is a threat even though some games bring more prestige."

Friday 09.45, Paul Bryan in Madrid
Spanish sports daily AS begins its coverage of today's draw by commenting on Premier League teams Manchester United and Manchester City, eliminated at the group stage. "The absence of these English sides would seem – in theory – to soften what awaits Real Madrid and Barcelona in the draw," the newspaper explains. "However, at this stage of the competition there are no easy rivals."

AS goes on to explain that one of the mouthwatering prospects on offer in the knockout phase would be a tie between Madrid and Milan, "without doubt two of the biggest ships on the sea of European football: this tournament's most successful sides with nine and seven titles respectfully."

Meanwhile, Barcelona-based El Mundo Deportivo suggests Josep Guardiola's men would do well to avoid Napoli. "[They] look to be the most dangerous of all possible rivals for Barça," the sports publication opines. "[Diego] Maradona's former side did for the powerful Manchester City and Villarreal in a tough group that also contained Bayern Munich."

Friday 09.30, UEFA.com newsdesk
Good morning and welcome to UEFA.com's live coverage of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw. Just to recap, group winners will be drawn against the runners-up and no team can play a club from their group or the same association.

Group winners

A: FC Bayern München (GER)
Can play: CSKA, Basel, Lyon, Marseille, Zenit, Milan

B: FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
Can play: Basel, Lyon, Leverkusen, Marseille, Zenit

C: SL Benfica (POR)
Can play: Napoli, CSKA, Lyon, Leverkusen, Marseille, Zenit, Milan

D: Real Madrid CF (ESP)
Can play: Napoli, CSKA, Basel, Leverkusen, Marseille, Zenit, Milan

E: Chelsea FC (ENG)
Can play: Napoli, CSKA, Basel, Lyon, Marseille, Zenit, Milan

F: Arsenal FC (ENG)
Can play: Napoli, CSKA, Basel, Lyon, Leverkusen, Zenit, Milan

G: APOEL FC (CYP)
Can play: Napoli, CSKA, Basel, Lyon, Leverkusen, Marseille, Milan

H: FC Barcelona (ESP, holders)
Can play: Napoli, CSKA, Basel, Lyon, Leverkusen, Marseille, Zenit

Runners-up

A: SSC Napoli (ITA)
Can play: Benfica, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, APOEL, Barcelona

B: PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)
Can play: Bayern, Benfica, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, APOEL, Barcelona

C: FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
Can play: Bayern, Inter, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, APOEL, Barcelona

D: Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
Can play: Bayern, Inter, Benfica, Chelsea, Arsenal, APOEL, Barcelona

E: Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
Can play: Inter, Benfica, Real Madrid, Arsenal, APOEL, Barcelona

F: Olympique de Marseille (FRA)
Can play: Bayern, Inter, Benfica, Madrid, Chelsea, APOEL, Barcelona

G: FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS)
Can play: Bayern, Inter, Benfica, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona

H: AC Milan (ITA)
Can play: Bayern, Benfica, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, APOEL

Last updated: 27/01/12 18.12CET

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