PARIS (AFP) - Jose Mourinho's Chelsea were drawn on Monday against Paris Saint-Germain, while Manchester City tackle Barcelona in two blockbuster Champions League last-16 ties.
Chelsea's "reward" for sailing into the knockout stages unbeaten was a testing match-up against the Qatari-backed French champions, whom they barely managed to beat on away goals in last season's quarter-finals.
Chelsea secretary David Barnard told Sky Sports News: "PSG are known to us as we played them in the quarters last year and they've got (former Chelsea defender) David Luiz playing for them too."
Like PSG, English champions City will be out for revenge after being brushed aside 4-1 on aggregate by Barca at this stage in the last Champions League campaign. City's director of football, former Barcelona player Txiki Begiristain, said: "We have plenty of confidence with the way we qualified beating Bayern Munich at home and Roma away, so the players will be working hard to get fit and arrive in confidence for those games."
Barcelona representative Andoni Zubizarreta said: "It is the same draw we had a year ago, it was a very difficult game and we are going to look forward to it. Manchester City have an outstanding squad with a very good coach, a very good team and are very competitive."
The last 16 draw, staged at Uefa's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, gave holders Real Madrid a palatable pairing against German side Schalke 04, coached by Roberto di Matteo, who was in charge of Chelsea when they were crowned kings of Europe.
Real met Schalke in last season's last 16, easing through 9-2 on aggregate, en route to their 10th title. Last year's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid come up against Bayer Leverkusen. Arsenal, finalists in 2006, face their coach Arsene Wenger's old club Monaco, Italian champions Juventus will have to overcome Borussia Dortmund, and German giants Bayern Munich, who beat Borussia in the 2013 final, play Shakhtar Donetsk.
Swiss outfit Basel's reward for knocking out Liverpool at the group stage was a match-up with two-time winners Porto. The last 16 first leg games are scheduled for Feb 17/18 and Feb 24/25, with the second legs on March 10/11 and March 17/18.