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Champions League Draw: Who could we face?

  • 16 March 2016 22:20
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The 2015/16 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 games are over and the seven teams that City could face in the quarter final are confirmed…

Manuel Pellegrini’s side confirmed their place in the last eight with a 0-0 draw against Dynamo Kyiv at the Etihad on Tuesday to secure a 3-1 aggregate win. You can read the official view of the game here, or view the match highlights here.

The Blues will now be drawn against one of PSG, Wolfsburg, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich in Friday’s quarter final draw.

So, without further ado, here is a bit more information about each team...

PSG

The French side reached the quarter final of the prestigious competition by beating Chelsea 4-2 on aggregate. Both legs finished 2-1 to PSG, with their top scorer in the competition, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, having the final say at Stamford Bridge in the second leg as he notched their second goal of the evening.

Top scorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (4)

Manager: Laurent Blanc

Stadium: Parc des Princes (49,000 capacity)

City links: City legend Ali Benarbia and former World Player of the Year George Weah have played for both clubs.

Previous meetings: One. City 0-0 PSG (UEFA Cup, 3 December 2008)

Best Champions League/European Cup performance: Quarter Final (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15)

Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg qualified for the last eight of the Champions League by overcoming Belgian side Gent over two legs. A Julian Draxler double helped them to a 3-2 away win in the first leg before former Chelsea striker Andre Schurrle scored the only goal of the game on 8 March to seal a 4-2 aggregate win.

Top scorer: Julian Draxler (3)

Manager: Dieter Hecking

Stadium: Volkswagen Arena (30,000 capacity)

City links: Kevin De Bruyne left Wolfsburg to join City last summer, while Edin Dzeko made the same switch in January 2011.

Previous meetings: None

Best Champions League/European Cup performance: Group Stage (2009/10)

Benfica

Rui Vitoria’s side have a habit for late goals in this season’s knockout stages having scored in added time in both legs against Zenit in the Round of 16. In the first leg, Jonas struck in the 91st minute to snatch the victory and that was followed up by the Portuguese side sealing a 2-1 win in the second leg to progress thanks to Nicolas Gaitain’s 85th minute effort and Talisca’s 96th minute goal.

Top scorer: Nicolas Gaitan (4)

Manager: Rui Vitoria

Stadium: Estadio da Luz (65,000 capacity)

City links: Former City midfielders Javi Garcia and Geovanni have pulled on the shirts of both City and Benfica in their career.

Previous meetings: None

Best Champions League/European Cup performance: Winners (1960/61, 1961/62)

Atletico Madrid

The Round of 16 clash was a nervy one for Atletico’s fans as the Rojiblancos required penalties to progress past PSV. Both legs finished 0-0 and it was the Spanish side who prevailed in a shootout with Juanfran converting the decisive penalty after Luciano Narsingh hit the crossbar for the Dutch side in sudden death.

Top scorer: Antonie Griezmann (4)

Manager: Diego Simeone

Stadium: Vicente Calderon Stadium (54,960 capacity)

City links: Sergio Aguero arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Atletico in 2011. Former player Kiki Musampa was on loan at City from the Spanish club in the 2005/06 campaign.

Previous meetings: None

Best Champions League/European Cup performance: Final (1973/74, 2013/14)

Real Madrid

In Cristiano Ronaldo, Real have the Champions League all-time top goalscorer and City will have to nullify that threat along with many others if the two sides are drawn against each other in the quarter final. Zinedine Zidane’s side coasted to the last eight with a 4-0 aggregate win against AS Roma, Ronaldo scoring two of the goals.

Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (13)

Manager: Zinedine Zidane

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu (85,454 capacity)

City links: Manuel Pellegrini managed Real in the 2009/10 season. Steve McManaman, Nicolas Anelka and Robinho are three players who have played for both clubs.

Previous meetings: Two, 2012/13 Champions League group stage. Real won 3-2 in the Bernabeu with the return fixture ending 1-1.

Best Champions League/European Cup performance: Winners (1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60, 1965/66, 1997/98, 1999/2000, 2001/02, 2013/14)

Barcelona

The second-to-last team to seal a place in the quarter final of the Champions League, Barcelona defeated Arsenal 5-1 over two legs. Lionel Messi grabbed a brace in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium to confirm a 2-0 win before adding his side’s third on Wednesday to add to Neymar and Luis Suarez’s earlier strikes in a 3-1 win at the Camp Nou.

Top scorer: Lionel Messi (6)

Manager: Luis Enrique

Stadium: Camp Nou (99,354 capacity)

City links: Yaya Toure joined the Blues from Barca in 2010, while former City manager Mark Hughes enjoyed a two-year spell at the Spanish giants between 1986 and 1988.

Previous meetings: Four, Champions League Round of 16 on both occasions. In 2013/14, Barcelona progressed 4-1 on aggregate before claiming a 3-1 aggregate victory in 2014/15.

Best Champions League/European Cup performance: Winners (1991/92, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2014/15)

Bayern Munich

Bayern were the last side to confirm their place in the last eight after an extra-time win against Juventus on Wednesday. The two sides drew 2-2 at the Juventus Stadium in the first leg and it was the Italian side who drew first blood at the Allianz Arena, heading into half time with a 2-0 lead. 

However, Pep Guardiola’s side fought back and sent it to extra time after goals from Robert Lewandowski and a 91st minute Thomas Muller effort. Thiago and Kingsley Coman were the heroes in extra time for the German side to send them into the quarter final.

Top scorer: Robert Lewandowski (8)

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Stadium: Allianz Arena (75,000 capacity)

City links: Currently City defender Martin Demichelis featured for the German side between 2003 and 2010. Other players to play for both clubs include Jerome Boateng, Daniel van Buyten, Roque Santa Cruz, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Tarnat and Dietmar Hamann.

Previous meetings: Six, all in the Champions League Group Stage. City and Bayern have won three games each, with the Blues picking up the win in the latest meeting in the 2014/15 season.

Best Champions League/European Cup performance: Winners (1973/74, 1974/75, 1975/76, 2000/01, 2012/13)

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