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Who is going through?

Three ties from last term are repeated with the reprise of the final between FC Internazionale Milano and FC Bayern München the pick of the bunch. What are your thoughts on the draw?

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Published: Friday 17 December 2010, 9.00CET

Who is going through?

Three ties from last term are repeated with the reprise of the final between FC Internazionale Milano and FC Bayern München the pick of the bunch. What are your thoughts on the draw?

Thank you for all your contributions today. UEFA.com will be running live blogs on UEFA Champions League matchdays during the knockout phase so be sure to have your say then as well.

There is a sense of deja vu as three ties from last season's UEFA Champions League knockout phase are repeated in this term's round of 16, including the final between FC Internazionale Milano and FC Bayern München. Elsewhere Olympique Lyonnais meet Real Madrid CF and Arsenal FC take on FC Barcelona in a reprise of the 2006 final. Let us know your thoughts on the draw.

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Bayyor, Nigeria:
Bayern Munich will get it right against Inter now, Football fans around the world will witness another classic encounter between barca and arsenal, but barca will surely go through.......it's a nice draw altogether!

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jaislit:
Tottenham, real madrid, Man United, Chelea will go thru easily.. Hope for a Bayern victory and dump the champions out.. No doubt Arsenal are knocked out of the league and better concentrate on EPL.. Messi will win the honour again.. Hope Barcelona will e the Champs in Wembeley!!

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jamiuodunewu, Nigeria:
Barcelona will be making the greatest mistake if they underrate Arsenal. I believe on the whole, the better teams would go through while the best team will be the winner at the Wembly

14.43, Michael Harrold, UEFA.com reporter, London
The fixtures have now been released.

14.14, Wayne Harrison, UEFA.com reporter, London
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has cited Tottenham's home form as a potential obstacle to the Serie A leaders' progress. "They are a good team and we saw it in the group stage against Inter, especially when they won at home [3-1]," he said. "Tottenham have done particularly well in the group stage and can be very dangerous."

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nightwulf, Saudia Arabia
I think it will be the best knockout phase in the recent years. I think Bayern will defeat inter, Barcelona will beat arsenal. Real madrid will beat Lyon. united and chelsea will win their games and scalke 04 will win and shakhtar will win.

LaMilanista, Thailand
Good Rematch! I hope, this time, Arsenal will win. For Milan - Tottenham, It looks like easy for Milan, but maybe not! I wish Milan to win. As I am a supporter of Arsenal, AC Milan, and Valencia, I expect that all of them can go through.

Car8, Canada
Man Utd and Chelsea have respectable favourable draws...it'll be the revenge theme in this round as Bayern will beat Inter and Madrid will fly by Lyon...Arsenal can focus on the league title instead...and I would take Tottenham as my long-shot I believe they can get past ACMilan.

13.56, Paul Bryan, UEFA.com reporter, Madrid
Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola is rubbing his hands at the prospect of another "fantastic" tie against Arsenal. The Azulgrana ran out 6-3 winners in last season's quarter-finals and also have fond memories from the 2006 final in which they defeated the Gunners. "Last season we played a great couple of games against each other because of our similar styles," Guardiola said before warning: "They haven’t got a single bad player and several excellent ones like Nasri, Fàbregas and Chamakh."     

13.39, Steffen Potter, UEFA.com reporter, Frankfurt
Inter president Massimo Moratti thinks Bayern will view the clubs' tie as an opportunity for the German side to avenge their defeat in last term's showpiece. "It's an interesting draw," he said. "For Bayern it will be a chance for revenge after last season's final." Christian Nerlinger, the Bayern sporting director, agrees. "We're still regretting the big missed chance of that loss in the final a little bit," he said. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: "Inter is an extremely difficult draw, probably the most difficult from our pot."

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dbecky3000:
Cudnt have been better for both Arsenal and Barcelona. I think these are the only two big teams that look forward to play each other with respect and not animosity. So being a gunner fan, there could not have been a better draw than Barcelona.

13.20, Fabio Balaudo, UEFA.com reporter, Turin
Rafael Benítez broke off from Inter's preparations for the FIFA World Cup final to say: "It will be an interesting match for the fans and players that experienced the final in Madrid. Bayern are a very strong team with a great coach on the bench. But at the moment, for us the most important game is tomorrow's. We'll start to think about our European games after the final."

13.13, Paul Bryan, UEFA.com reporter, Madrid
The sight of being paired with Lyon again may have sent a chill down the spine of Real Madrid supporters and technical director Emilio Butragueño admits: "I hope it's not a tradition that every time we play there we lose." Madrid were beaten 1-0 at Stade de Gerland last season in the round of 16, bowing out 2-1 on aggregate, but this time Butragueño is backing Lyon old-boy Karim Benzema to make the difference.

"For Karim Benzema it's going to be a special occasion, going back to the club where he made his name. He belongs to us and now and we want him to produce for us," he said. "It's not going to be an easy game; we learned that from last year. We'll see what happens and I think we're a slightly better team. We're looking to get to the final and win but we have to make sure we don't slip up. We trust our players and our team."

13.13, Wayne Harrison, UEFA.com reporter, London
Having beaten one San Siro club in the group stage, Tottenham are relishing the prospect of facing the other, Milan, in the last 16. "They have won the trophy seven times, which is a fantastic record," said manager Harry Redknapp. "I said before that I wouldn't mind playing them because you want to play the top teams in the world, they're the games people want to see, and it's a great chance to ... bring them to White Hart Lane for a great game."

13.07, Paolo Menicucci, UEFA.com reporter, Milan
"Inter-Bayern ci risiamo" ("Here we go again") is the headline on the Corriere dello Sport's website as they look ahead to arguably the tie of the round. While Bayern have a chance of revenge, the prospect of meeting the German champions again gives the Nerazzurri the opportunity to relive some wonderful memories.

12.53, Kevin Ashby, UEFA.com reporter, London
Danish champions FCK face a tough tie against their English counterparts Chelsea, but coach Ståle Solbakken is excited by the challenge. "We're looking forward to playing a great team with a great history. We've never been beaten in a home Champions League game and we've played Manchester United, Barcelona and other great teams. Our challenge is to play out of this world in the first game to keep the second leg interesting. Anything can happen. No one thought we would get this far so we can play freely; we're happy to be here."

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AJ_Aniston:
Spurs again @ the San Siro & this time against a quality side! AC Milan, with Ibra & Ronaldinho, will rip Tottenham Hotspurs apart NEVER MIND GARETH BALE! FORZA MILAN! BRING ON THE SPURS! IBRA! IBRA! IBRA! IBRA!

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Happyone, Iran:
Hopefully, Gunners are going through this time.

12.23 Christian Châtelet, UEFA.com reporter, Paris
Lyon defeated Madrid to reach the quarter-finals last term and club president Jean-Michel Aulas is hoping to do the same again. "Real Madrid are not the same as last year and maybe they will want some revenge," he said. "It will be very difficult for Lyon but we will prepare as well as we can and hopefully put on a good show."

12.20, Sébastien Billington, UEFA.com reporter, Nyon
After wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, that is the end of the draw. Time to discuss it and, for the club representatives that did make it here, to have their pictures taken with the trophy.

Here is the last 16 draw in full:
Roma v Shakhtar
Milan v Tottehnam
Valencia v Schalke
Inter v Bayern
Lyon v Madrid
Arsenal v Barcelona
Marseille v Manchester United
København v Chelsea

12.17, Sébastien Billington, UEFA.com reporter, Nyon
It's a repeat of last season's final as Bayern get a shot at revenge against Inter! Smiles all round as it's last season's final again.

12.15, Sébastien Billington, UEFA.com reporter, Nyon
Another trip to the San Siro for Spurs as they are drawn against seven-times winners AC Milan.

12.15, Sébastien Billington, UEFA.com reporter, Nyon
As Roma are the first team drawn and they will play FC Shakhtar Donetsk, the Ukrainian team having reached the last 16 for the first time.

12.00, Sébastien Billington, UEFA.com reporter, Nyon
Here we go! Don't forget you can watch the draw live on UEFA.com.

11.55, Sébastien Billington, UEFA.com reporter, Nyon
The countdown to the draw has begun, with five minutes to go now showing on the big screen on the stage. The auditorium is gradually filling up, despite today's snow. Unfortunately the weather has prevented Sir Bobby Charlton from attending as planned, but there are some familiar faces in the hall, including Jean-Michel Aulas and Bernard Lacombe of Olympique Lyonnais.

11.47, Paul Bryan, UEFA.com reporter, Madrid
So how far can José Mourinho take Real Madrid CF? The Spanish side are through to the knockout phase for a record 14th straight season, but they have not got beyond the round of 16 in any of the past six attempts. Surely that is one sequence that must soon come to an end...

11.42, Sébastien Billington, UEFA.com reporter, Nyon
Everything is ready to go here in the Lennart Johansson auditorium at the House of European Football. The Champions League trophy stands proudly in the middle of the stage and the television cameras are ready to film the event. Meanwhile, the club representatives who have made it to Nyon this morning are making the most of the opportunity to meet colleagues from other clubs in the hall outside the auditorium and to enjoy views of the snow-covered mountain landscape across the lake.

11.35, Paolo Menicucci, UEFA.com reporter, Milan
Holders FC Internazionale Milano will be far from the snow of Switzerland when they learn who they will be playing in the round of 16. Inter are through to the FIFA Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi after beating Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma FC 3-0 on Wednesday.

11.33, Victor Sharafudinov, UEFA.com reporter, Donetsk
After qualifying for the last 16 for the first time, confidence and excitement is high at FC Shakhtar Donetsk, three of whose seven possible opponents are Serie A clubs. "Most likely, we will be drawn against an Italian team; Roma, Inter or Milan. The probability of that happening is high," said coach Mircea Lucescu, who knows the league well from his time in charge of FC Internazionale Milano.

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mustafa:
i am a chelsea fan and would want 2 see Chelsea play AC Milan it would be so nice to see carlo ancelotti against his former club

11.25, Jürgen Baumgartner, UEFA.com reporter, Munich
Going on past meetings, FC Bayern München will be hoping to avoid AC Milan. They have lost all of their four previous two-legged ties with the Rossoneri in the knockout phase and in their ten matches overall have lost six and won just once. That was in the semi-finals in 1990, but they bowed out on the away-goals' rule.

Whoever they draw Bayern have been boosted by Bastian Schweinsteiger's decision to sign a new contract with the club and success in the UEFA Champions League played a large part in his decision. "That's the reason why I extended my contract at this club," he said. "I want to bring this title to Munich. If I look at the squad we have and if all the players are fit we have a very good team. We are capable of winning the Champions League. I'm convinced about this and that's why I signed the contract here."

Mario Gomez meanwhile doesn't mind if Bayern face a big club or an outsider like FC København. "It is not necessarily a disadvantage to play against one of the bigger teams," said the striker who scored six times during the group stage. "That would ensure everyone is 110% motivated and focused."

11.17 Adrian Harte, UEFA.com reporter, Nyon
The second exceptionally heavy snowfall of the season has served to immobilise even an infrastructure accustomed to such wintery weather. Geneva Airport has just reopened having been closed all morning while conditions in Nyon itself are arguably worse with around 25cm of snow having fallen overnight.

Even the short drive from Nyon centre to the UEFA campus was fraught with danger this morning. On the positive side, the UEFA headquarters – now adorned by a large Christmas tree – is looking especially festive this morning as it prepares to welcome those club representatives and media that have succeeded in reaching their destination.

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GodisaGooner, India:
"It's Thierry Henryyy!! He scored, he scored for Arsenal in the Bernabéu. The Gunner Galactico!".... Bring on Real Madrid.

11.12, Wayne Harrison, UEFA.com reporter, London
Arsène Wenger is not worried about Arsenal FC's failure to top Group H. After scoring 14 goals in their first three matches, the Gunners appeared to be sailing serenely into the last 16 for the 11th successive season. Consecutive losses to FC Shakhtar Donetsk and SC Braga complicated matters and though they subsequently overcame FK Partizan that was not enough to wrest top spot from Shakhtar, meaning a tie against one of Europe's big guns awaits.

"The difficulty might be more or less but it is part of the draw," said Wenger of possible encounters with FC Schalke 04, FC Bayern München, FC Barcelona or Real Madrid CF. "We take the draw as it is and I do not want to put my team in a position where they feel they have had bad luck or would have preferred somebody else."

11.05, Roberta Radaelli, UEFA.com reporter, Milan
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has won seven league titles in a row with three different clubs since 2003/04 (AFC Ajax, Juventus, FC Internazionale Milano and FC Barcelona) but as far as European titles are concerned all he has to show for his efforts is the UEFA Super Cup which he won with the Azulgrana in 2009.

The Swedish international is desperate to put that right in the UEFA Champions League this season. "I want the team to be ready to play against any opponent we could be draw against on Friday," the 29-year-old striker said. "The Champions League is very important and we have to approach to the Round of 16 in our best shape, which means we have to keep doing the things we're doing at the moment. I know every team at this stage is strong and that's good for us: we always give our best against the strongest teams."

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spurs4life93, England:
Tottenham fan here. Would like to draw Lyon or Valencia as it would take Spurs to new corners in this Champions League campaign.

10.48, Michael Harrold, UEFA.com reporter
Three sides are in the pot for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the first time with FC Tottenham Hotspur FC, FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC København all keeping their fingers crossed for a favourable draw.

In contrast to Shakhtar who are through for the first time at the eleventh attempt, Tottenham have advanced, and in some style, at the first time of asking. The Danish champions, meanwhile, have played more games than any other side in the competition this season having kicked off at the end of July against FC BATE Borisov in the third qualifying round.

10.38, Michael Harrold, UEFA.com reporter
Olympique de Marseille midfielder Lucho González probably voiced the fears of many when he picked out FC Barcelona as the team he least wants to face. "Whatever the opponent, we'll need to be at our best," he said. "But if there is one to avoid, it's Barcelona."

Who can blame him? Quite aside from the terrific football Barça are playing, their stats speak for themselves: unbeaten in 21 games of which 18 have been victories with 26 goals scored and none conceded during that time. It is now 604 minutes and counting since Víctor Valdés last conceded a goal. Who wouldn't want to play them?

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Sundeep1212, India:
I am a Barca supporter and would love to see Barca choose Arsenal as it would be the clash of the Best Team in top half versus Best Team in bottom half... Also it ensures beautiful football throughout the 180 minutes...

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Extraneus, Denmark:
København supporter here, and I'd definately go for one of the "lesser" teams instead of the prestige of playing Real, Man U or Chelsea... Shakhtar ...

9.10
Despite heavy snow in the Geneva area overnight the draws will go ahead as planned. Don't forget you can watch them live here on UEFA.com.

Friday, 9.00CET
If you support any of the remaining 16 sides, who do you want your team to meet next and who do you want them to avoid and why? 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: Tottenham Hotspur FC
Can play: Lyon, Valencia, København, Roma, Marseille, Milan

B: FC Schalke 04
Can play: Inter, Valencia, København, Roma, Marseille, Milan, Arsenal

C: Manchester United FC
Can play: Inter, Lyon, København, Roma, Marseille, Milan

D: FC Barcelona
Can play: Inter, Lyon, Roma, Marseille, Milan, Arsenal

E: FC Bayern München
Can play: Inter, Lyon Valencia, København, Marseille, Milan, Arsenal

F: Chelsea FC
Can play: Inter, Lyon, Valencia, København, Roma, Milan

G: Real Madrid CF
Can play: Inter, Lyon, København, Roma, Marseille, Arsenal

H: FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Can play: Inter, Lyon, Valencia, København, Roma, Marseille, Milan

Runners-up

A: FC Internazionale Milano
Can play: Schalke, Man United, Barcelona, Bayern, Chelsea, Madrid, Shakhtar

B: Olympique Lyonnais
Can play: Tottenham, Man United, Barcelona, Bayern, Chelsea, Madrid, Shakhtar

C: Valencia CF
Can play: Tottenham, Schalke, Bayern, Chelsea, Shakhtar

D: FC København
Can play: Tottenham, Schalke, Man United, Bayern, Chelsea, Madrid, Shakhtar

E: AS Roma
Can play: Tottenham, Schalke, Man United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Madrid, Shakhtar

F: Olympique de Marseille
Can play: Tottenham, Schalke, Man United, Barcelona, Bayern, Madrid, Shakhtar

G: AC Milan
Can play: Tottenham, Schalke, Man United, Barcelona, Bayern, Chelsea, Shakhtar

H: Arsenal FC
Can play: Schalke, Barcelona, Bayern, Madrid

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