Madrid get luck of the draw as Barca handed short straw


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Madrid get luck of the draw as Barca handed short straw
Posted on: December 15, 2014, 04:42:36 PM
winners face an accessible route to the last eight as they
face Schalke, but the Blaugrana meet Manchester City again in a tough test for Luis
Enrique's side

It was a case of deja vu for Real Madrid and
Barcelona. For the second year running, Carlo
Ancelotti's side were paired with Schalke in the
last 16 of the Champions League, while the
Catalans will meet Manchester City - just as
they did in 2013-14. The rest of the second-round draw sees Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea renew
rivalries in a repeat of last season's quarter-final tie, while Italian champions Juventus
face Dortmund, Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich meet Shakhtar Donetsk, Arsenal avoid
the big teams for once with a clash against Monaco, Basel play Porto, and last
season's beaten finalists Atletico are in action versus Bayer Leverkusen. For Madrid and Atletico in particular, the draw represents an accessible route to the
last eight. Real thrashed Schalke 9-1 on aggregate in the second round of last
season's competition en route to La Decima and will be expected to triumph with
ease again this time around, while Atleti should also advance with few problems
against a Leverkusen side that finished second in Group C behind Monaco, having lost
twice to the French team. "Bayer? Nothing is straightforward, but we can get through it," said Atletico
spokesman Clemete Villaverde of the test ahead for Diego Simeone's side. "Ninety minutes in Germany is always complicated and a lack of concentration could
cost us," said a diplomatic Emilio Butragueno of Madrid's draw, meanwhile. "We will
have to go there with the maximum respect." For Madrid, currently on a remarkable 20-match winning streak, it appears a case of
fortune favouring the brave, with Real rewarded in Monday's draw for their recent
fine form, positivity and belief over the last couple of months.


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