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UEFA Champions League

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.

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.

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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Arsene Wenger excited about returning to Monaco with Arsenal in UCL

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.

Arsene Wenger is eagerly anticipating his return to Monaco for Arsenal's Champions League last-16 tie and feels it is "a strange coincidence in life" that the Gunners have been drawn against his old team.

Wenger spent seven years at the Principality club from 1987 to 1994 early on in his managerial career, winning a French title and the Coupe de France before leaving for Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan.

Having since spent 18 years at Arsenal, the Frenchman has never been back to the Stade Louis II...

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Abidal set to retire from football

Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will announce his retirement from football Friday, according to his current Olympiakos coach, Michel.


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Berlin to pay €2.74m towards Champions League final costs

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.

New Berlin mayor Michael Muller has said the city will contribute 2.74 million euros towards the cost of staging the 2015 Champions League final.

The Olympiastadion will host the women's final on June 4 followed by the men's final on June 6, with the final piece of paperwork completed on Tuesday when the Berlin senate agreed to make the required binding promises to UEFA over the staging of the matches.

Muller said the city would make a sizeable financial contribution towards the week of football...