Usual suspects in Uefa’s round of 16
For Guardiola, success in the Champions League is arguably even more important than for his Monaco counterpart, Leonardo Jardim.
Unlike Guardiola, whose club lies third on the table, 10 points behind Chelsea, the Portuguese coach has taken Monaco to the top of Ligue 1, and they are looking like a good bet to win their first league championship since 2000.
Bayern Munich and Arsenal have met three times previously at this stage and, on each occasion, the German team has gone on to the next round. Bayern have been omnipresent in the semifinals of the Champions League for the past six seasons and will not want to see that run come to an end against the Gunners.
Their form in the domestic cup and league has not been outstanding, even if they have been getting results, prompting Dutch international Arjen Robben to say: “At the moment, it is not enough – we need to do it better. But, normally, we are always there when we have to be.”
Barcelona fans, meanwhile, have had to endure the humiliation of seeing their bitter rivals Real Madrid winning the trophy twice in the past three years, while they have won it once.
Barca’s opponents, Paris St Germain, is another superrich club that has gone out to try to buy success. But while the Qatari millions have helped the club to four successive Ligue 1 titles, as well as two cup triumphs, they have fallen short where it really matters: in the Champions League.
They will have their work cut out for them against Barcelona, though, if they want to continue their run of five consecutive quarterfinal appearances.
Defending champions Real Madrid face Napoli, while two former winners in Benfica and Borussia Dortmund face each other in Lisbon in their first-leg match.
Between them, Atlético Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen have appeared in four Champions League finals, but neither club has yet to win the competition.
Atlético have been losing finalists in two of the last three editions of the competition, while Leverkusen were famously renamed as Neverkusen in 2002, when they lost the German Cup final, the German League and the Champions League final within the space of nine days.
But as they go head-to-head, only one of the teams will be able to dream of a title that has eluded them.
The final fixture sees Porto take on Juventus.
Tuesday: Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund; Paris St Germain vs Barcelona
Wednesday: Bayern Munich vs Arsenal; Real Madrid vs Napoli
Tuesday, February 21: Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Atlético Madrid; Manchester City vs Monaco
Wednesday, February 22: FC Porto vs Juventus; Sevilla vs Leicester City
TOP DECK Real Madrid players celebrate after beating rivals Atlético Madrid in the Uefa Champions League final in May
RED STAR Dutch player Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich