Blues draw Barca in Champions League knockout stage

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Real Madrid against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea against Barcelona were just two of the match-ups from Monday's Champions League knockout draw.

The Blues face arguably the toughest tie of the five English Premier League sides to have made it through to the last 16, although they did beat Barcelona in the semi-finals before lifting the Champions League trophy in 2012.

“It’s a draw. Our reaction must be positive,” Conte said at Monday’s Chelsea press conference.

“When you are in this stage you must be ready to face every team. In this case we must be ready to face Barcelona.

“When you play against Barcelona you must put 120 per cent at home and away if you want to hope to go to the next round.”

In the pick of the last 16 match-ups, Real Madrid face a tough task in trying to tame big-spending PSG and its exciting crop of stars.

Juventus, twice beaten finalists in recent years, were paired with an ambitious Tottenham side who showed they can hold their own against the world’s best by beating Madrid to top spot in a group that also contained Borussia Dortmund.

Manchester United will come up against Europa League specialists Sevilla, while Liverpool will face Porto.

Manchester City got one of the more favourable draws with a match-up against Swiss side Basel, while Bayern Munich will definitely fancy their chances against Turkish side Besiktas, and Roma will have to make their way past Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk.

  • Juventus v Tottenham
  • Basel v Manchester City
  • Porto v Liverpool
  • Sevilla v Manchester United
  • Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain
  • Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma
  • Chelsea v Barcelona
  • FC Bayern Munchen v Besiktas JK

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