Champions League last 16 reaction.


The draw for the last sixteen of the Champions League has just been made in Nyon and here is a quick reaction to the ties and who I predict will make it through to the last eight.

PSG vs Chelsea:

It will be a repeat of a last year’s quarter final and will prove a tough test for Jose Mourinho’s side when they travel to face Paris Saint Germain in the last -16, Chelsea suffered a heavy 3-1 defeat on their last trip to the Parc des Princes but a victory in the return leg saw them through.

Chelsea secretary David Barnard said: "PSG are known to us as we played them in the quarters last year and they've got David Luiz playing for them too.

"It's a good draw logistically too for our supporters.”

Prediction: Chelsea

Manchester City vs Barcelona:

Another repeat tie from last season sees striker Luis Suarez return to England for the first time since his move to Catalonia when Barcelona take on Manchester City.

Barcelona look favourites for this tie beating the English side 4-1 on aggregate last season, City won’t be any pushovers with wins against Bayern Munich and Roma this season and if they can Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany fit it could be different story.

City director of football and 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.

"We have improved our squad from last season and we have some real quality up front."

Prediction: Barcelona

Bayern Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid:

I am predicting an easy passage into the quarter-finals for Diego Simeone’s side, Leverkusen finished second in their group with 10 points but should be doing better with weaker sides such as Benfica, Zenit and Monaco who only scored four goals and still managed to finish top of the pile in their group.

Atletico on the other hand are in great form finishing top of their group with 13 points after a solid defensive display in the 0-0 draw against Juventus, the combination of their form and the strength of their squad should prove too much for the Germans.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid

Juventus vs Borussia Dortmund:

This in my opinion is one of the ties of the round, this tie will bring back good memories for Dortmund fans of the 1997 final between the two sides in which Dortmund won 3-1.

Back to the present day and these two are two of the strongest sides still left in the competition and I do believe if both sides can get their strongest players out this could right down to the wire.

Juventus legend Pavel Nedved said: "We have to be very careful because Dortmund have young, talented players. It could have been worse because there was still Bayern and Madrid when Borussia's name came out. It will be a very even tie.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund

FC Shalke 04 vs Real Madrid:

Shalke will be having nightmares of this tie with another repeat of a tie in the previous year.

Madrid overwhelmed the Germans last season with a 6-1 drubbing in Gelsenkirchen and 3-1 in Spain, Madrid have somehow improved from last season with their winning streak still going strong and gaining maximum points in the group there only seems to be one winner.

Prediction: Real Madrid

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Bayern Munich:

Like Shalke, Shakhtar Donetsk will have nightmares over their last 16 draw with German champions Bayern Munich.

Shakhtar managed to finish second despite only winning two games in their group, but they have the highest scorer in the competition in Luiz Adriano with nine goals. Bayern on the other hand have only lost one of their group games and with their squad it should be a breeze for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Prediction: Bayern Munich

Arsenal vs Monaco:

Arsenal had luck on their side as they were drawn against Monaco.

Arsenal sealed their qualification with a slick 4-1 victory over Galatasaray while Monaco finished top of their group by only scoring four goals, Arsene Wenger will be positive about this tie considering the side they could have potentially had and if they can get their full strength squad it should be an easy win.

Club sectary David Miles "As the draw came out, it was evident a lot of the big teams had gone, so we're pleased to have avoided them.

We're certainly not taking anything for granted though against Monaco. It's the first time we've played them in a competitive match, so Arsene Wenger will be delighted to go back to one of his former clubs."

Prediction: Arsenal

FC Basel vs FC Porto:

The final game to been drawn could prove to be one of the more difficult ties to call. FC Basel proved that they weren’t any pushovers by knocking out five –time champions Liverpool and gave current champions Real Madrid a run for their money. 2004 champions Porto were convincing winners of Group H with 14 points, both are very strong sides and it could go all the way to the wire

Prediction: FC Porto

First leg ties will take place the 17/18th and the 24/25th of February 2015 and the second legs will be played the 10/11th and the 17/18th of March 2015.

Written by @Danialkennedy95


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