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PSG to play Chelsea in Champions League clash

Ben McPartland · 15 Dec 2014, 12:20

Published: 15 Dec 2014 12:20 GMT+01:00

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It's France vs the UK in the last 16 of the Champions League after PSG were paired with Chelsea and Arsenal against Monaco in Monday's draw.

That means Laurent Blanc's side will have a chance for revenge after being knocked out by Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side in the quarter finals of last year's competition.

Speaking after the draw PSG's Qatari president Nasser al-Khelaifi said he was confident his side could overcome the current Premier League leaders.

"Chelsea is a good draw for us. I am very confident. I trust my coach and my players to show the best of PSG on the field," he said in a statement.

"Last year was a good experience, it was a lesson for us that must not be repeated," he added.
Last season, Chelsea and José Mourinho knocked out PSG in the quarter finals, despite winning the first leg 3-1 in Paris. They then went down 2-0 at Stamford Bridge with a late Chelsea goal, knocking them out on the away goals rule.
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 David Luiz playing for them too.
"It's a good draw logistically too for our supporters.
"Both sides have very different squads from last year, so if it was PSG or anyone else, it would've been the same situation."
The draw will also see Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger return to his old club Monaco and Manchester City will tackle Barcelona.
Elswhere Holders Real Madrid were given a palatable pairing against German side Schalke 04, and last year's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid come up against Bayer Leverkusen.

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 17/18 and 24/25 February, with the second legs on 10/11 and 17/18 March.

The final for Europe's elite club competition will take place in Berlin's Olympic stadium next June.

Here's the full draw for the last 16:

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Bayern Munich

Basel (SUI) v Porto (POR)

Arsenal (ENG) v Monaco (FRA)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Bayern Munich

Schalke 04 (GER) v Real Madrid (ESP)

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Bayer Leverkusen (GER) v Atletico Madrid (ESP)

Juventus (ITA) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Manchester City (ENG) v Barcelona (ESP)

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) v Chelsea (ENG)

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