Zurich – Arsenal will have another chance to beat Bayern Munich in a Champions League knockout tie after the sides were paired yet again in the round of 16 following Monday’s draw.
The teams met at the same stage in 2005, 2013 and 2014 with the German champion winning on all three occasions — 3-2 on aggregate in 2005, on away goals after a 3-3 draw in 2013 and 3-1 in 2014.
Paris Saint-Germain will also try to break a jinx when it faces Spanish champion Barcelona, which knocked the French side out in the quarterfinals in 2013 and 2014.
Holder Real Madrid, which like Bayern finished as runners-up in its group and will therefore play the first leg at home, was given a tricky clash with Serie A side Napoli.
The draw also produced a potential grudge match as it pitted Bayer Leverkusen against Atletico Madrid, whose respective coaches Roger Schmidt and Diego Simeone were involved in an ugly touchline spat when the sides met two seasons ago.
On that occasion, Atletico went through on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate draw.
Arsenal may feel this could be its best chance to beat Bayern, whose domestic and European form has not been as dominant as in recent seasons.
“We are through to the knockout stage for the 14th consecutive season, which is testament to Arsene Wenger and the teams throughout that time,” club secretary David Miles said.
“The fans will think we have got the rough end of the draw again — at some stage the tide has got to turn and we will beat them.”
Serie A champion Juventus was drawn against Porto in a repeat of the 1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup final which the Italian side won 2-1.
Sevilla and English champion Leicester City will meet for the first time as will Manchester City and AS Monaco.
Benfica and Borussia Dortmund will renew their rivalry after a 52-year wait, the sides having previously met in the 1963-64 European Cup.
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