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The draw for the Champions League round of 16 has been made and all four remaining English clubs face tough tests if they are to progress to the quarter-finals.
Liverpool will face German giants Bayern Munich, with the first tie at Anfield. While the Bundesliga champions have struggled this season – by their standards – they performances in Europe have been good and will provide a stern test.
Manchester City also have German opposition in the form of Schalke. As the seeded side, they will travel to Gelsenkirchen for the first leg, before the return at the Etihad Stadium. This might appear fairly straightforward for Pep Guardiola’s men as Schalke are struggling in the Bundesliga, currently in 13th place with 15 points from 15 games.
Making it a hat-trick of Anglo-German ties, Spurs face Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. The sides last met in the Europa league in the 2015/16 season, where Dortmund ran out 5-1 winners on aggregate.
Manchester United have arguably the toughest looking tie on paper, having drawn French champions Paris St-Germain. PSG are running away with the Ligue 1 title again currently, having opened up a 10-point gap to their rivals already, winning 14 of their 16 matches and drawing the others. However, the Qatari-backed side did lose to Liverpool in the group stage.
In the complicated draw sides from the same country couldn’t be picked to face each other. Group winners play the away in the first leg.
Elsewhere, reigning champions Real Madrid face Dutch champions Ajax. Meanwhile Barcelona have French opposition in the form of Lyon.
The draw in full:
Schalke v Manchester City
Atletico Madrid v Juventus
Manchester United v Paris St-Germain
Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund
Lyon v Barcelona
Roma v Porto
Ajax v Real Madrid
Liverpool v Bayern Munich
First leg ties will take place on 12-13 and 19-20 February, with the return fixtures on 5-6 and 12-13 March.