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Champions League Draw: Manchester City v Barcelona is the highlight

If there was ever any doubt about the value of finishing top of a Champions League group, the draw for the knockout phase of the 2013/2014 competition makes the case pretty clearly. While Manchester United face a side they’ve beaten in each of the four previous occasions they played and Chelsea are against a side whose star player is a former blue past his best, Manchester City and Arsenal face daunting matches against two of the continent’s best sides.

Manchester City’s match against Barcelona has to be the best tie of the second round. City is a team full of star players but the big names that play at the Etihad every other weekend will find themselves overshadowed by Lionel Messi and co when the teams meet up in the round of 16 clash.

Arsene Wenger’s men also have a mountain to climb in their next round encounter as they have to face a side riding high in the Bundesliga. The current European champions Bayern Munich stopped Arsenal’s progress last season and Pep Guardiola’s men are favourites to do the same this season. Last year, Arsenal lost the first-leg tie but won the return leg at Allianz Arena so there must be hope in the Emirates camp that Wenger’s side can get through to the quarters.

Manchester United’s hopes of progressing must have been raised when they were drawn against Olympiakos. Even though the most recent victory was in 2002, confidence will be high in the reds when they travel to Athens as they’re unbeaten against the Greek side.

Chelsea has been drawn against Galatasaray in the round of 16. Galatasaray are under the management of ex-Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and they only just scraped through the group stages after a late winner in their final match against Juventus. Former Chelsea player Didier Drogba will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving the club in May 2012 but Chelsea have nothing to fear from the Turkish champions if they keep up the form they showed in the group stage.

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