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UCL: City vs. Barca, PSG vs. CFC

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Champions League round-of-16 draw pits familiar foes against one another

The ESPN FC panel discuss which teams can be considered Champions League favourites and whether Mourinho would rather win the Premier League or the Champions League.
ESPN FC's Stuart Holden and Craig Burley discuss the pressure the Gunners may feel being the favourites against AS Monaco in the Champions League Round of 16.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe believes that both Madrid clubs will be pleased with their respective Champions League draws.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the Champions League round of 16 fixture between Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk, where the Bavarians are the clear favourites in this year's competition.
The UEFA Champions League round-of-16 draw is set and features several attractive matchups.

It is a remarkable that, for a competition that now hasn't seen a repeat winner for 25 years, we still see so much repetition in the Champions League knockout rounds.

This year's last-16 draw features three ties that took place last season alone, as well as a restaging of the 1997 final. There also are similar features: Real Madrid got an easy draw, Bayern Munich should waltz through and it's difficult to escape the feeling that we're going to see the ongoing trend of all the teams who were first...

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Man City drawn against Barcelona again in Champions League last 16

ESPN FC's Craig Burley talks Champions League Round of 16, particularly Chelsea's trip to Paris and Manchester City squaring off against Barcelona.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley talks Champions League Round of 16, particularly Chelsea's trip to Paris and Manchester City squaring off against Barcelona.
The UEFA Champions League round-of-16 draw is set and features several attractive matchups.

Manchester City will face Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League for a second year running following Monday's draw at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

City reached the knockout stages of the competition for the first time in their history last season, only to lose 4-1 on aggregate to Barca.

And after finishing second in Group E this term despite failing to register a win in their first four games, their reward is a repeat last-16 clash against the Catalan club.

Which club has the hardest Champions League draw?

Chelsea also will...

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Pauleta believes PSG can beat Chelsea in Champions League

A Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty was the difference between PSG and St. Etienne, with Laurent Blanc pleased with his side's display.

Pauleta has told RMC that his former club Paris Saint-Germain can beat Chelsea in next month's Champions League last-16 encounter.

The French champions will host the Premier League leaders at the Parc des Princes in mid-February before heading to West London the following month.

PSG were beaten by the Blues in last season's quarterfinals, succumbing on away goals following a late Demba Ba strike in the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Pauleta, 41, is confident Laurent Blanc's side can go one better...

Declining attack will likely doom PSG's title hopes

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's injuries and inconsistent form have contributed to PSG's decline this season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's injuries and inconsistent form have contributed to PSG's decline this season.

More than halfway through the 2014-15 season, Paris Saint-Germain looks like a shadow of last season's team. The 2013-14 PSG that comfortably won Ligue 1 and advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals by overwhelming opponents with its attacking talent has gone away, and in its place is a club that has been hampered by a league-high eight draws and currently sits in third place, four points out of the top position in Ligue 1.

PSG's inconsistent attacking play makes it a threat to miss out on a third consecutive Ligue 1 title, and while the team has 28-1 odds to win the Champions League, it will first need to advance past Chelsea in the round of 16 to restore hope for a European trophy.

What's gone wrong for Laurent Blanc & Co.? Here is a look at why PSG's attack has been so stagnant in 2014-15 and why that will likely prevent the team from taking home any major silverware this season.

Ibrahimovic's declining impact

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has missed eight games this season with a heel injury, and PSG's four draws in those eight games have cost the team critical points in the Ligue 1 standings. Ibrahimovic plays an essential role as a center forward in the team's 4-3-3 formation, not only because he can outmuscle defenders in the penalty area with his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame, but also because he is adept at dropping into the midfield and creating chances for the rest of the team. Therefore, it is no surprise that PSG is not the same attacking team without him, and in his absence the team averages two fewer shots per game and 15 percent fewer touches in the attacking third.

But even when healthy this season, Ibrahimovic has struggled to be as dominant as he's been in previous seasons....

PSG fans suing over UEFA's financial fair play rule

PSG are currently third in the Ligue 1 table.

A group of Paris Saint-Germain supporters is challenging UEFA's financial regulations in a French court.

The fans are suing the French football federation and the league "to denounce the multiple infringements of European Union law caused by the UEFA break-even requirement."

According to their lawyer, the supporters have asked the Paris court to declare UEFA's financial fair play rule "null and void."

Lawyer Emmanuel Daoud argued in a statement that the rule goes against the fundamental principles...