Paris: Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea were drawn on Monday against Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City will tackle Barcelona in two blockbuster Champions League last-16 ties.
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. Both sides have very different squads from last year, so if it was PSG or anyone else, it would’ve been the same situation.”
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said, “Last year was an apprenticeship which must not be repeated. Chelsea are a good draw for us. I am very confident. I’ve got confidence in my manager and in my players that they’ll show on the pitch the best of PSG.”
Manchester City’s director of football, 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.
Barcelona representative Andoni Zubizarreta said: “It is the same draw we had a year ago. It was a very difficult game and we are going to look forward to it. City have an outstanding squad with a very good coach, a very good team and are very competitive.”
Real Madrid will play Schalke 04, coached by Roberto Di Matteo, who was in charge of Chelsea when they were crowned kings of Europe.