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Milan relish Old Trafford return

Published: Friday 17 December 2004, 19.00CET
AC Milan are looking forward to returning to the stadium where they won the 2003 UEFA Champions League final.

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Published: Friday 17 December 2004, 19.00CET

Milan relish Old Trafford return

AC Milan are looking forward to returning to the stadium where they won the 2003 UEFA Champions League final.
The draw for the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League was one of the most memorable in years, with three of the eight ties featuring two former winners of the European Champion Clubs' Cup.

Nyon draw
Real Madrid CF, the first team out of the hat at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, drew Juventus FC; holders FC Porto will play FC Internazionale Milano; and the Nerazzurri's city rivals AC Milan take on Manchester United FC. uefa.com rounds up the reaction.

Real Madrid CF v Juventus FC
Madrid were one of the teams we didn't want to play. I hope they didn't want to play us either. It is going to be very difficult. They are a team of many talents. We have met many times before and lost the final to them in 1998. It is a clash of two of the strongest teams. Maybe the final has come too early this season. Juventus vice-president Roberto Bettega

This encounter has all the ingredients of a final. I am sure it will be a hugely attractive tie for fans and players alike. Of course, it presents a huge challenge, but I am sure our players will rise to it. Both clubs have met on numerous occasions over recent years. Two seasons ago, they defeated us in the semi-finals but in 1998, we beat them in the final. In 1996 they knocked us out in the quarter-finals. In short, we know each other very well. Madrid sporting director Emilio Butragueño

FC Porto v FC Internazionale Milano
There are five or six big matches in this round and this is one of them. I think it will be a spectacular game, with a lot of goals, in two amazing venues - the Estádio do Dragão and the San Siro. Inter are a big European club with great attacking talent and fantastic players. Porto coach Víctor Fernández

It will be a great match. They have had a lot of changes since last season, but let's see what happens between now and February. Our mentality works better in the Champions League than in Serie A because in Italy we play teams who are better prepared tactically and we can't achieve the same results that we have had in the Champions League. Inter president Giacinto Facchetti

FC Barcelona v Chelsea FC
It's a very, very attractive draw. Just imagine how this match is going to appeal to the people who will be coming to watch both games. It's a shame we have to wait until February because I could play a match like this tomorrow. But it's also good that we will have some time to rest and study them a little. Barcelona midfield player Xavi Hernández

It's the draw José Mourinho wanted. It will be an emotional time to go and visit his old club. It should be particularly interesting for the two players from our club who played with Deco at Porto last season [Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira]. They may be able to give an insight into how to stop Deco. Chelsea always play well away so it's good to have the first game away from home to start the fixture off well. But we do not fear anyone. Chelsea club secretary David Barnard

Werder Bremen v Olympique Lyonnais
Lyon are an experienced Champions League side. They haven't managed to go all the way yet, but they have still made a name for themselves. It won't be easy, but we knew that before the draw. We are happy with the draw, even though I would have liked to take on one of the English teams. Bremen captain Frank Baumann

Bremen is an exciting draw for everyone because they knocked us out of the last 16 in the UEFA Cup five years ago. We won 3-0 in Lyon but they beat us 4-0 at their place in the return. That elimination has left its mark. We also met them in a friendly before the start of the season. We led 3-0 but they came back to draw 3-3 with the help of a magnificent goal from [Johan] Micoud. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas

Liverpool FC v Bayer 04 Leverkusen
We are happy enough. We don't fear any team at this stage. Hopefully, we can do a bit better against Leverkusen than the last time we played them. It is not easy but I'm pleased we didn't get one of the Italian clubs. It is a massive boost to be through to last 16. People have been talking about finances but it is a pure football boost. It keeps the second half of the season alive. Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry

We all still remember the tie against Liverpool in 2001/02, when we won 4-2 at home in the quarter-finals. It was a great game for us and for the fans. I am really looking forward to the match because playing at Anfield is always something special. Leverkusen captain Jens Nowotny

PSV Eindhoven v AS Monaco FC
If I had been asked before the draw, I would have chosen Monaco or Leverkusen. I have seen Monaco on television and I think it will be a difficult match. But I would prefer to play them than Chelsea or an Italian side. This is a positive draw. No doubt we will be learning about them in the next few weeks. PSV defender Wilfred Bouma

At this stage there are no small teams. I will tell you whether it was a good draw after the second leg. We are going to have to play to the absolute best of our abilities. There is no room for error. But there are teams like Bayern, Real Madrid and Barcelona who would have worried us more so PSV is an excellent draw. Monaco vice-president Gérard Brianti

Manchester United FC v AC Milan
You'd go a long way to find a more exciting prospect than Manchester United versus AC Milan. It's been a long time since we played Milan in a competitive game. I think it was in 1968/69 after we'd won the European Cup. We've had good results in recent years against Italian clubs. I just hope we can carry this forward against Milan. When we won the European Cup in 1999 we played two Italian teams at home in the first leg and still got through. United secretary Ken Merrett

It will be a tough game because they're a great team but it will be nice to go back to Old Trafford where we won the Champions League in 2003 and try to make another good memory there. But the first reaction is they're a great team, one of the biggest in Europe if not the world. Milan director Umberto Gandini

FC Bayern München v Arsenal FC
We have fond memories of Arsenal because we drew with them at Highbury and beat them in the Olympiastadion in 2001, when we went on to win the competition. It will be a testing tie and we are looking forward to the match. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

The draw could have been easier although I don't think Bayern were the strongest side we could have faced. It will be particularly interesting for Jens Lehmann, our [German] goalkeeper, and I'm sure he can give us a few pointers as to what we can expect from Bayern. We're both big clubs and ideally we would have met at a later stage but I'm sure the manager will be confident we can win the tie and make it through to the last eight. Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein

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