Manchester United to face Real Madrid
December 20, 2012 12:22:11 UK
Manchester United have been drawn against Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League while Arsenal face Bayern Munich and Celtic will play Juventus.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will already be looking forward to coming up against Real manager Jose Mourinho in what should be two mouth-watering encounters.
However, Ferguson will be only too aware that United have a poor record against Real. One of the classic contests between the two teams came in 2003 when United crashed out 6-5 on aggregate in the quarter-finals despite winning the second leg at Old Trafford 4-3.
Arsenal also have a very tough test after being paired with the runaway Bundesliga leaders and last season's beaten Champions League finalists Bayern Munich, who are 1.40 to win the competition.
In terms of glamour it is great.Neil Lennon
In 2005, Bayern edged past the Gunners 3-2 on aggregate, with Thierry Henry's second-half strike in the home leg not proving to be enough after Arsene Wenger's side had lost the first clash in Germany 1-0.
Celtic will have it all to do to reach the quarter-finals after being drawn against last season's Serie A champions Juventus, who were so impressive in beating Chelsea in Turin recently.
However, Neil Lennon's side will be full of confidence going into the games having performed so well in the group matches against Barcelona, Spartak Moscow and Benfica.
"In terms of glamour it is great," said Lennon. "In terms of qualification it is going to be very tough. But we will take it as it comes and our supporters will be looking forward to this match.
"Juventus are littered with world-class stars and they have been very consistent over the last 18 months. But coming through the group as impressively as we did, and you never know where you are going to be in a few months time.
"This club is built on the legends of Jock Stein and the Lisbon Lions, this team is reaching those same heights again. They have belief in themselves and have been playing very well away from home."
Elsewhere Barcelona, 101.00 to win the Champions League this season, will play an AC Milan side that has struggled so far this term while the 2004 winners Porto face Champions League newcomers Malaga.
The full draw is:
Galatasaray v Schalke
Celtic v Juventus
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund
AC Milan v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Manchester United
Valencia v Paris St Germain
Porto v Malaga
The first legs will be played on either 12th/13th February or 19th/20th February, with the return matches on 5th/6th March or 12th/13th March.
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