Champions League Last 16 Draw: Celtic, Arsenal and United handed tough ties

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A run down of the last 16 fixtures for the first knock out stage of the Champions League.

Here are how the ties have been drawn...

Galatasaray v FC Schalke

This is a tie which could easily go either way. Schalke will be very happy with the draw as they can take the Turkish team back to a sold out crowd with Germany one of the most difficult places to play football away from home this season.

Celtic v Juventus

Celtic always knew that their draw was going to mean a difficult match. However, their 2-1 win at home against Barcelona means they will be confident of securing a first leg advantage which they can take back to Italy.

Arsenal v Bayern Munich

Arsenal never really seem to have any luck at this stage of the competition with draws against Barcelona and AC Milan in the two seasons before this one. It’s a superb challenge for Arsene Wenger’s young side.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund are the side that everyone wanted to seemingly avoid in the UK and they’ve done so. Dortmund will be the heavy favourites to win this tie and they have more than enough quality to win both legs.

AC Milan v Barcelona

A mouth watering clash between two teams that have a long and rich history in the Champions League. This could be one of the first matches that Tito Vilanova takes charge of following his bout of treatment for cancer.

Real Madrid v Manchester United

The pick of the last 16 ties and a first chance to see Cristiano Ronaldo return to his old club. He is still loved by United fans but is the obvious threat to their quarter-final chances. Both sides would not have wanted this tie and it could mean a couple of cagey matches separated by the odd goal.

Valencia v Paris Saint-Germain

PSG will be very happy with this draw. They have a group of players who were thrown together over the summer but Carlo Ancelotti has the experience to guide them through this tie comfortably.

FC Porto v Malaga

Another of the ties which could go either way. Porto have to cash in during the first leg because Malaga were one of the highest scoring teams at home during the group stages of the tournament.

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