The draw for the UEFA Cup Round of 32 in Nyon on Friday threw up some fascinating ties. uefa.com rounds up the reaction ahead of the knockout stage in February.
The UEFA Cup Round of 32 draw has thrown up some fascinating ties to be played on 13/14 February and 21 February. uefa.com rounds up the reaction.
Aberdeen FC v FC Bayern München
Jimmy Calderwood, Aberdeen manager
Personally, I would have preferred to get a club like Bordeaux, which would have given us a better chance of further progress in the competition, but the players and the finance people are absolutely delighted to have drawn Bayern. They are a massive club and there's a great history between the two clubs going back to the year Aberdeen won the [UEFA] Cup Winners' Cup [in 1983]. They are favourites to win the tournament, so we have nothing to lose and we're all looking forward to what should be a fantastic couple of games.
Ottmar Hitzfeld, Bayern coach
Aberdeen are a very interesting opponent but also a difficult one. We will need the right level of commitment against a Scottish team, but we should get through. Then there is another big name waiting for us, the winner between Anderlecht and Bordeaux.
AEK Athens FC v Getafe CF
Michael Laudrup, Getafe coach
I wanted to avoid being drawn against Zenit or Galatasaray and we have, but I would have preferred Zürich or Aberdeen. AEK are one of the three big clubs in Greece so it will be an impressive atmosphere. I'm happy with the draw. It'll be an interesting tie against a team with a lot of experience in Europe, but it will be a tough game.
Bolton Wanderers FC v Club Atlético de Madrid
Gary Megson, Bolton coach
There are no easy games at this stage of the competition. Atlético are going very well at the moment – they're third in the Primera División and it's certainly going to be a challenge, but one that I'm looking forward to and I know the players are too.
FC Zenit St. Petersburg v Villarreal CF
Robert Pirès, Villarreal midfielder
We only know they're the Russian champions so we will have to be very careful because I'm sure they're a very competitive team. We have enough time to prepare for the game and that's good. The fact we will play the return leg at home is also positive.
Galatasaray AS v Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Rudi Völler, Leverkusen sporting manager
It's a difficult draw but winnable. The team that is in the better shape on the two nights will win it. Our advantage is that we play away in the first match, and we earned this by topping the group. It will be a very hot contest against a fine Turkish side. We are looking forward to meeting [Galatasaray coach] Kalli Feldkamp again.
SK Brann v Everton FC
David Moyes, Everton manager
Obviously it could have been a lot worse, but we are playing the Norwegian champions. They finished above Rosenborg and Rosenborg gave Chelsea a real good game. I think the group stage can be a bit misleading because you can win a couple of games then rest your players. If you are going to get into the last 32 of European competition, they aren't going to be easy opponents.
FC Zürich v Hamburger SV
Huub Stevens, Hamburg coach
We won't underestimate Zürich because they're a good team even though they lost 5-0 against Leverkusen [in the group stage]. It could have been worse. As far as travelling is concerned, Zürich is an ideal draw and for our fans it is also good. This makes me happy.
Rangers FC v Panathinaikos FC
Walter Smith, Rangers manager
Historically, Greece is a very tough place to get a result. Teams from that country are hard to play against and it will be tough. We'll obviously do our homework on them, but the game is a bit away and we need to focus on the Scottish Premier League. That said, it doesn't matter if it's the UEFA Cup or the Champions League, you want your team to go on as good a run as possible and we'll be looking to do that when the Panathinaikos match comes around.
SK Slavia Praha v Tottenham Hotspur FC
Gus Poyet, Tottenham assistant manager
We know a lot about Slavia having played them last year, and I think the key to this is that we have the second leg at home. I think with the quality of the squad we have, we should be looking to excel, with all due respect to the opposition. At the end of the day it's about us, about doing the right things and getting a good performance away from home to give us a chance for when we come back. If we can finish the tie over there it would be welcome, but it's still a long time away so we have time to check on them a bit more.
Rosenborg BK v ACF Fiorentina
Cesare Prandelli, Fiorentina coach
Rosenborg are a very organised and consistent team. In the past they have got some good results against some of the best European sides. I remember when they beat AC Milan. That shows how experienced they are in European competition. Obviously it will be a very difficult game for Fiorentina but we will play with our usual hunger for success and determination. As I have said many times, the UEFA Cup is one of our main objectives for the season and we want to go all the way.
Werder Bremen v SC Braga
Thomas Schaaf, Bremen coach
It is going to be very interesting against Braga. In the group stage they showed against Bayern how tough they can be, causing Bayern problems. This should be a warning to us. If we qualify for the next round, another attractive team [either Rangers or Panathinaikos] will be waiting, but for now we're concentrating on Braga.
Rui Casaca, Braga director
Werder Bremen are one of the strongest teams in the UEFA Cup, but we did not have much choice at this point. We'll have to prepare carefully and give our best to achieve a difficult goal.
SL Benfica v 1. FC Nürnberg
Lourenço Coelho, Benfica director
There were other teams that might have been more difficult but there are no easy matches. German teams are always very tough and hard to beat but we will try to get through.
Hans Meyer, Nürnberg coach
It's great for the club to qualify and play against an opponent with such a big name. I'm happy for our fans. For us, it's a big challenge. Hopefully we'll have some more fun in the next two games. Our main task in the spring will be to get off the bottom of the Bundesliga. With the motivation of the UEFA Cup, we want to do well in the second half of the season.
Olympique de Marseille v FC Spartak Moskva
Erik Gerets, Marseille coach
Spartak are a great team. It was a surprise not to have them in the Champions League group stage. It would be an achievement for us to beat them. For about 15 years they have been among the top three or four teams in their country. Playing the second leg away is not necessarily a disadvantage if we do well enough in the first leg. Their new season will just be starting.
Stanislav Cherchesov, Spartak coach
It's too early to evaluate our chances against Marseille – there are still two months to go. Let's see what our transfer policy is like, what happens in terms of injuries, and what condition we will be in. The same can be said about Marseille. It remains to be seen how ready they will be. As for the possibility of playing Zenit in the last 16, that would be great. That way a Russian team would be guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals.