Wenger… oh no, not you again!

Arse­nal draw ‘old’ favourites

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EURO­PEAN cham­pi­ons In­ter Mi­lan will play Bay­ern Mu­nich in a re­peat of last sea­son's fi­nal fol­low­ing the draw for the first knock­out round of the Cham­pi­ons League.

In­ter beat Bayer n 2-0 in Madrid with two goals from Diego Mil­ito to clinch their first Euro­pean crown for 45 years but strug­gled in this sea­son's group stage, qual­i­fy­ing for the last 16 as a run­ner-up. Bay­ern topped their group with five wins out of six.

The other stand-out tie paired this sea­son's favourites Barcelona with Arse­nal – the team they beat 6-3 on ag­gre­gate in last sea­son's quar­ter-fi­nals.

Barcelona, who also beat Arse­nal in the 2006 fi­nal, drew 2-2 in London last sea­son be­fore Lionel Messi de­mol­ished the Premier Lea­guer side, scor­ing all four goals in Barca's 4-1 sec­ond leg win at the Nou Camp.

Real Madrid, the nine-times win­ners, face Olympique Lyon again af­ter los­ing to the French side at the same stage last sea­son while Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur will re­turn to the San Siro to face AC Mi­lan, af­ter fin­ish­ing ahead of In­ter in the group phase.

In the other ties, AS Roma will play Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine, Va­len­cia will play Schalke 04, Olympique Mar­seille face Manch­ester United and FC Copen­hagen meet Chelsea.

First legs will be played on Fe­bru­ary 15 and 16 and Fe­bru­ary 22 and 23 with the re­turn legs on March 8 and 9 and March 15 and 16. The fi­nal will be at Wem­b­ley on May 28.

Real Madrid are now coached by Jose Mour­inho, the man who led In­ter to the ti­tle last sea­son, and they will rel­ish a chance to atone for their mis­takes of last term.

Last sea­son Lyon won 1-0 in France be­fore go­ing through with a 1-1 draw in Madrid.

“We still have last year's elim­i­na­tion fresh in the me­mory,” Real sport­ing di­rec­tor Miguel Pardeza told Gol Televison. “It's cu­ri­ous to have them two years in suc­ces­sion. It should help us to learn and to make sure we don't make the same mis­takes this time.”

Tot­ten­ham, joint high­est scor­ers in the group stage along with Arse­nal with 18 goals, came from 4-0 down with a Gareth Bale hat-trick be­fore los­ing 4-3 at the San Siro in Oc­to­ber.

Dar­ren Eales, Tot­ten­ham's di­rec­tor of foot­ball , said the club would take heart from that come­back when they meet the seven-times win­ners AC Mi­lan.

“That sec­ond half and go­ing into the home game gave the play­ers the be­lief that they could com­pete with teams like In­ter Mi­lan and they showed it at White Hart Lane (where Spurs won 3-1)” Eales said. “As we've gone on in the com­pe­ti­tion we've grown in con­fi­dence and I think that's what the lads will take into the AC Mi­lan game.” – Reuters

SCORER AND SON: In­ter Mi­lan’s Diego, who scored both his side’s goals in the fi­nal against Bay­ern Mu­nich, shows off the tro­phy with his son af­ter the Cham­pi­ons League Fi­nal in May. The two clubs were yes­ter­day drawn against each other.

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