The 2012/14 UEFA Champions League resumes Tuesday with the first knockout phase of the tournament- the round of 16.
The Champions League round of 16 draw (which was held on December 16) will be headlined by two matchups: Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich (winners of the last year’s tournament) and Barcelona vs. Manchester City. Another matchup to watch will be Atletico Madrid taking on AC Milan. Other matches will see Olympiakos facing Manchester United in a classic “David vs. Goliath” matchup as well as a homecoming for former Chelsea (and current Galatasary) striker Didier Drogba.
The clubs will face each other over two legs. The first leg takes place on February 18, 19, 25 and 26, with the return fixtures on March 11, 12, 18 and 19. The club with the higher goal aggregate (total goals scored over both matches) advances to the quarterfinals.
Champions League Round of 16 Fixtures
|Feb 18||Bayer Leverkusen||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Feb 18||Manchester City||Barcelona|
|Feb 19||AC Milan||Atletico Madrid|
|Feb 19||Arsenal||Bayern Munich|
|Feb 25||Zenit St Petersburg||Borussia Dortmund|
|Feb 25||Olympiakos||Manchester United|
|Feb 26||Schalke 04||Real Madrid|
|Mar 11||Atletico Madrid||AC Milan|
|Mar 11||Bayern Munich||Arsenal|
|Mar 12||Barcelona||Manchester City|
|Mar 12||Paris Saint-Germain||Bayer Leverkusen|
|Mar 18||Real Madrid||Schalke 04|
|Mar 19||Borussia Dortmund||Zenit St Petersburg|
|Mar 19||Manchester United||Olympiakos|
Now it’s time to preview the matchups and as well as my predictions for which clubs will advance to the quarterfinals.