Barcelona Face Atletico As UEFA Champions League Returns

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, who won their group ahead of French champions Paris Saint-Germain, have been rewarded with home and away legs against German giants Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side, having had to make do with finishing second in their group behind Barcelona, will play Ligue 1 side Monaco, hosting the principality side in the first leg. The third Premier League club still involved in the competition, English champions Leicester CIty, won their group and as a result are set to take on Spanish side Sevilla. Elsewhere, holders Real Madrid will lock horns with Serie A side Napoli, and fellow Spanish giants Barcelona take on Paris Saint-Germain. RELATED NEWS STORIES: Arsenal and Liverpool Fans Think We Look Like Champions, For Sure – Ex-Chelsea Star Arsene Wenger Sets Minimum Absence Period For Shkodran Mustafi Yes, Stance Has Changed, But No Asking Price Set – Wolfsburg Sporting Director On Arsenal Target Pace, Power, Teams Will Struggle To Contain Arsenal, Stoke Boss Admits Class Is Permanent – Leeds United Star Hails Jamie Vardy’s Hat-Trick Portuguese giants Benfica meanwhile have to contend with Borussia Dortmund for a place in the quarter-finals. The second Portuguese side still involved, FC Porto, are to take on Juventus. Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile play Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid. The Round of 16 first legs are due to be played over 14th to 15th and 21st to 22nd of February, with the return legs being set for 7th to 8th and 14th to 15th March. The final this season is at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 3rd June. 2016/17 Champions League Round of 16 Draw Manchester City vs Monaco Real Madrid vs Napoli Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich vs Arsenal FC Porto vs Juventus Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid Paris Saint-Germain vs Barcelona Sevilla vs Leicester City

The UEFA Champions League Round of 8 will commence on Tuesday night as the battle for European football’s biggest club prize heats up.

Barcelona welcome Atletico Madrid as the two Spanish giants extend their rivalry beyond the La Liga. If most people had written off Atletico when the Champions league draw was announced, Barcelona’s shock loss at the Nou camp in Sunday’s El Clasico have perhaps punctured their air of invincibility.

Their 2-1 loss to Real Madrid ended an unbeaten run that spanned 39 games and will now convince Atletico to perhaps gun for their first win over Barcelona this season.

Tuesday’s second fixture sees German giants Bayern Munich face in form Benfica. Bayern’s route to the final was nothing short of dramatic after rescuing victory from the jaws of defeat after going 2-0 to Juventus in just 60 minutes.

Benfica have won their last eight games and Bayern’s unimpressive defense will have to step up if they hope to get anything out of the fixture.

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