WEIGH­ING IN ON THE ROUND OF 16

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Man City (ENG) vs Barcelona (ESP)

Manch­ester City coach Manuel Pel­le­grini: “I think Barcelona will be very con­cerned that they have drawn us. They are not the team of two years ago.”

Manch­ester City di­rec­tor of soc­cer Txiki Be­giris­tain: “It’s a won­der­ful draw and th­ese are two big teams so it’s go­ing to be great, great matches.”

Barcelona coach Ger­ard Martino: “If you had said to us a few years ago that we would have to play a tie in Manch­ester we would have thought about United, but now City is a very dif­fi­cult op­po­nent with world renowned play­ers. It is a tie that has ev­ery­thing.” Olympiakos (GRE) vs Man United (ENG)

Olympiakos de­fender Avraam Pa­padopou­los: “Manch­ester United is a very ex­pe­ri­enced team (but) we have a good chance against them.”

Manch­ester United sec­re­tary John Alexan­der: “If you look at the ties Arse­nal and City got, that shows why you have got to win the group. Who­ever came out of the pot would have been a good one to draw. United is a big club in Greece so we will have a good fol­low­ing over there.” AC Mi­lan (ITA) vs Atletico Madrid (ESP)

AC Mi­lan sport­ing di­rec­tor Um­berto Gan­dini: “Atletico is a very dan­ger­ous team go­ing for­ward but it could have been a worse draw for us, that’s for sure.”

Atletico Madrid di­rec­tor Cle­mente Villaverde: “Peo­ple say Mi­lan is go­ing through a dif­fi­cult time, but it is still Mi­lan. We are not speak­ing about any other club; they have a fan­tas­tic his­tory and af­ter this dip they are go­ing to fight to win in what­ever com­pe­ti­tion they are in.” Bayer Lev­erkusen (GER) vs Paris Saint-Ger­main (FRA)

Bayer Lev­erkusen sports di­rec­tor Rudi Voeller: “We’ve never played Paris, which makes the match even more in­ter­est­ing.”

PSG coach Lau­rent Blanc: “We avoided (Manch­ester) City, which was the ter­ri­ble (draw) along with Arse­nal. We’ll pre­pare for this match as we should, in a pro­fes­sional

“It’s a won­der­ful draw and th­ese are two big teams so it’s go­ing to be great, great matches.” TXIKI BE­GIRIS­TAIN MAN CITY DI­REC­TOR OF SOC­CER

man­ner.” Galatasaray (TUR) vs Chelsea (ENG)

Chelsea mid­fielder Juan Mata: “We play against Galatasaray, we have (Di­dier) Drogba at the Bridge again. He’s been one of the most im­por­tant play­ers in Chelsea’s his­tory and some­one I was lucky to play with the sea­son when we won the Cham­pi­ons League.” Schalke 04 (GER) vs Real Madrid (ESP)

Real Madrid di­rec­tor of in­sti­tu­tional re­la­tions Emilio Bu­tragueno: “It is true that in the­ory there were stronger ri­vals, but that is only in the­ory. We know that we have al­ways found it tough against Ger­man teams. It has been very dif­fi­cult for us to win in Ger­many.” Zenit St. Peters­burg (RUS) vs Borus­sia Dort­mund (GER)

Borus­sia Dort­mund gen­eral man­ager Han­sJoachim Watzke: “It won’t be easy, they have some very good play­ers. But when I look at the op­po­nents of the other three Ger­man clubs, we have done very well.” Arse­nal (ENG) vs Bay­ern Mu­nich (GER)

Bay­ern cap­tain Philipp Lahm: “It’s a pres­ti­gious tie but a tough op­po­nent. It was the hard­est draw amongst the sec­ond­placed teams. Arse­nal is cer­tainly not a team you’d hope to face.”

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