Dec 17, 2013

    City set for Barca showdown


    MANCHESTER City's reward for reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time is a meeting with Barcelona, while holders Bayern Munich face Arsenal for the second year in a row following yesterday's last-16 draw.

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini's failure to realise that one more goal in their 3-2 win over Bayern, which would have given them top spot, now looks even more damaging after they were drawn with the four-time winners.

    "Very tough, we are happy because we are here and we will fight for the trophy, but it's true that it could be...better," City director of football Txiki Begiristain told Sky Sports.

    Bayern defeated Arsenal on away goals in last season's round of 16, and their chief executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, was not looking forward to a rematch with the Premier League pace-setters.

    "They are the leaders in the Premier League and so we have been warned," he said.

    The first legs will be played in February, with the return legs in March.

    Other fixtures: Olympiakos v Manchester United, AC Milan v Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen v Paris Saint-Germain, Galatasaray v Chelsea, Schalke 04 v Real Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg vs Borussia Dortmund.