Champions League draw - LIVE; Manchester City v Barcelona, Arsenal v Bayern Munich, Galatasaray v Chelsea, Olympiakos v Manchester United - Live coverage - The Independent

Champions League draw - LIVE; Manchester City v Barcelona, Arsenal v Bayern Munich, Galatasaray v Chelsea, Olympiakos v Manchester United



BY JACK DE MENEZES

by Jack de Menezes
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Champions League last 16 draw where Arsenal, Chelsea Manchester City and Manchester United will find out who they face in the first knockout round.

We want to hear from you. To do this, click the 'Make a Comment' button below and we'll post the best ones. You can also vote in our poll on which English club stands the best chance of winning the Champions League this season. CLICK HERE TO VOTE.

In the meantime, follow the latest news and updates below...
  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Champions League last 16 draw where Arsenal, Chelsea Manchester City and Manchester United will find out who they face in the first knockout round.
    12/16/2013 9:45:13 AM
  • 12/16/2013 9:46:07 AM
  • 12/16/2013 9:49:14 AM
  • The draw takes place at Uefa's headquarters in Nyon, Switerland, where the last 16 encounters will be drawn followed by the Europa League last 32. Both Chelsea and Manchester United progressed to this stage as group winners, and thus face an easier draw against one of the group runners-up. However, the same can't be said for Arsenal and Manchester City, and after finishing second in Group F and D respectively they face a tough draw against one of Europe's elite.
    12/16/2013 10:20:31 AM
  • The first-leg's are due to take place on either February 18/19 or 25/26, with the return leg scheduled to take place on March 11/12 and 18/19. 
    12/16/2013 10:23:25 AM
  • Early predictions for the draw...

    12/16/2013 10:27:01 AM
  • We want to hear your predictions of who you think your team will face. Will Didier Drogba be heading back to Stamford Bridge? Will Arsenal and Barcelona renew their European rivalry? Is the Champions League the best chance of silverware for David Moyes? And can Manuel Pellegrini beat Europe's best to deliver the Champions League to the demanding City owners? Let us know!
    12/16/2013 10:31:35 AM
  • For Arsenal, they could be drawn against a side that has knocked them out of three of the last four competitions in Bayern Munich or Barcelona. A tie against either Atletico Madrid or PSG is probably the Gunners best hopes of progression, but defender Per Mertesacker has claimed that if Arsenal want to be the best they need to beat the best and is relishing a draw against one of the best teams in Europe.
    12/16/2013 10:38:22 AM
  • Chelsea, despite losing twice to Basle in the group stages, managed to secure the top spot in Group E and should face a winnable fixture in the last 16. Milan could pose their biggest threat but the prospect of facing former striker Didier Drogba and the rest of the Galatasaray side would be an encounter to relish.
    12/16/2013 10:39:58 AM
  • Although Manchester City finished second in Group D, they came within a goal of overtaking Bayern Munich to win the group. They have been in hugely impressive form of recent, and the historic 3-2 win over the German club last week was followed by a crushing 6-3 victory against Arsenal on the weekend. Manuel Pellegrini's side have claimed they fear no one, and it's fair to say that they are the side that the group winners will be hoping to avoid.
    12/16/2013 10:41:50 AM
  • Europe has provided a welcome distraction for Manchester United manager David Moyes, having secured top spot in Group A with the win over Shakhtar Donetsk last week. They face an easy looking draw, although a trip to Turkey or Italy could prove a tricky affair. If you believe the rumours though, United could head into the first knockout round with a number of new players signed in January - providing they're not cup-tied of course.
    12/16/2013 10:46:56 AM
  • To make things clear, no side can draw the team that they played in the Group Stages, or another club from the same domestic league, meaning we won't be getting a Manchester derby or an El Clasico just yet.
    12/16/2013 10:47:59 AM
  • For those of you that use Twitter, you can contribute to the discussion by using the #ChampionsLeague, or just click the 'Make a Comment' button above. Easy.
    12/16/2013 10:49:00 AM
  • More predictions...

    12/16/2013 10:50:17 AM
  • The one everyone wants: The Champions League trophy is on display at the draw in Nyon

    12/16/2013 10:52:11 AM
  • The seeded Group Winners will play the first-leg away, meaning that both Chelsea and Manchester United will be off on their travels in February before a home tie in March. With that in mind, a trip to Russia to face Zenit could prove an unwelcome distraction with other trophy's - namely the Premier League - to compete for in the new year.
    12/16/2013 10:56:29 AM
  • Tom's confident...
    But James isn't...
    12/16/2013 10:59:50 AM
  • Right, here we go, the famous Champions League music kicks in and the ceremony is about to begin. Hopefully, we won't have all the dancing and singing that the World Cup draw brought.
    12/16/2013 11:01:21 AM
  • Gianni Infantino, the Uefa General Secretary, will carry out the draw as usual. A regular, welcome face!
    12/16/2013 11:03:17 AM
  • Manchester City get a special mention from Infantino for reaching this stage of the competition for the very first time, while Bayern get a mention as defending champions. Quite a gap between the two accolades, not a lot between the teams.
    12/16/2013 11:05:44 AM
  • For those of you wrapped up the draw, we have some breaking news for you. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has just this minute been sacked following the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool yesterday...
    12/16/2013 11:06:51 AM
  • Tottenham of course will be in the draw for Europa League last 32, but their manager won't be watching as yet again AVB is looking for a new job. 
    12/16/2013 11:07:59 AM
  • Our chief football correspondent Sam Wallace with the news...

    12/16/2013 11:08:55 AM
  • Back to the draw...

    12/16/2013 11:11:10 AM
  • Match 1: Manchester City v Barcelona
    12/16/2013 11:14:36 AM
  • Match 2: Olympiakos v Manchester United
    12/16/2013 11:15:40 AM
  • Match 3: AC Milan v Atletico Madrid
    12/16/2013 11:16:46 AM
  • Match 4: Bayer Leverkusen v PSG
    12/16/2013 11:17:40 AM
  • Match 5: Galatasaray v Chelsea
    12/16/2013 11:18:28 AM
  • Match 6: Schalke v Real Madrid
    12/16/2013 11:19:17 AM
  • Match 7: Zenit v Borussia Dortmund
    12/16/2013 11:19:55 AM
  • Match 8: Arsenal v Bayern Munich
    12/16/2013 11:20:29 AM
  • The two most predicted matches have been pulled out of the hat! Stamford Bridge will see Didier Drogba return to his former home with Chelsea drawn against Galatasaray. But the big story comes with in a repeat of last year's draw for Arsenal, with the daunting two-legged tie against reigning champions Bayern Munich.

    Manchester City, the first name drawn, will face Spanish league champions Barcelona in what will be a fascinating encounter between two of the most attacking teams in the world. And there's no doubting that Manchester United have certainly pulled the easiest draw out of the hat with a clash against Olympiakos to look forward to.
    12/16/2013 11:23:43 AM
  • There's some absolute cracking player head-to-head's to look forward to in some of the matches drawn. Sergio Aguero v Lionel Messi, Mesut Ozil v Franck Ribery, Mario Balotelli v Diego Costa, Hulk v Robert Lewandowski. 

    Somehow, Stefan Kiessling v Cristiano Ronaldo and Javier Saviola v Wayne Rooney doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
    12/16/2013 11:28:57 AM
  • Uefa president Michel Platini and Olympiakos strategic advisor Christian Karembeu discuss matters before the draw...

    12/16/2013 11:30:56 AM
  • Without a doubt, Manchester City v Barcelona is your tie of the draw, with 62% of you voting for the first match out of the hat. The first-leg will take place at the Etihad Stadium, and with the home form of Pellegrini's side so far you wouldn't rule out a home win. The trip to the Nou Camp though will be one of the most difficult challenges in the club's history.
    12/16/2013 11:34:22 AM
  • Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain: "This is a tough draw, tough draw. We are happy to be here. We scored in Plzen, we scored in Moscow, we scored in Munich. Now we have to score in Barcelona."
    12/16/2013 11:36:06 AM
  • Fans of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United - let us know how you feel about the last 16 draw. Confident?
    12/16/2013 11:37:46 AM
  • Your reactions...

    12/16/2013 11:38:48 AM
  • Your reactions...

    12/16/2013 11:40:22 AM
  • Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but had Arsenal drawn with Napoli or Dortmund not scored that late goal in Marseille, the Gunners would be facing Zenit, not Bayern. Swings and roundabouts...
    12/16/2013 11:41:46 AM
  • Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski appears happy to face his former side...

    12/16/2013 11:43:48 AM
  • The last 16 draw in full

    12/16/2013 11:45:43 AM
  • The Europa League last 32 draw explained: 
    • The 32 teams are split into two pots of 16 - unseeded and seeded - and will be drawn against each other.
    • Teams cannot play the club they faced in the Group Stages, or a team from the same domestic league.
    • Spurs could face Juventus, Porto, Ajax or 10 others; Swansea could draw Fiorentina, Napoli, Shakhtar, Basel or 10 others
    12/16/2013 11:52:44 AM
  • I'm not sure they'd admit it now...

    12/16/2013 11:59:51 AM
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