Champions League draw live – Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City discover their round of 16 opponents

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11:20

Tie 8

Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City

11:19

Tie 7

Benfica v Zenit

11:18

Tie 6

PSV v Atletico Madrid

11:17

Tie 5

Juventus v Bayern Munich (Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman go 'home' , though the latter should not be able to play).

11:16

Tie 4 – Arsenal are out

Arsenal v Barcelona (Groundhog Day)

11:15

Tie three – Chelsea are drawn!

PSG v Chelsea – it's 2015 and 2014 all over again

11:14

Tie two

AS Roma v Real Madrid

11:13

The first tie will be

Gent v Wolfsburg

11:11

We're about to start

Runners-up first, who will be at home. NB teams from Ukraine and Russia will be kept apart.

11:07

Javier Zanetti

Is being intriduced, presumably as one of the pluckers of balls.

Javier Zanetti

He says 'San Siro will be ready for the final'. Well, quite.

11:06

Uefa is currently profiling each club

But we have already done that for you, below. Nerves aplenty among the Arsenal and City fans in the office.

11:04

The final is at San Siro

I had forgotten that – the last there was when Bayern Munich beat Valencia on penalties in 2001, the year Valencia beat, ahem, Leeds United in the semis.

11:01

Merry Christmas

Is the opening message from Uefa – well, to enjoy a peaceful festive season. We're off – well we will be after our friend Gianni Infantino has finished his spiel. He's currently eulogising Cristiano Ronaldo.

10:57

Cheslea's Last 16 record over the past decade

2006 Barcelona Lost
2007 Porto Won
2008 Olympiakos Won
2009 Juventus Won
2010 Inter Lost
2011 Copenhagen Won
2012 Napoli Won
2014 Galatasaray Won
2015 PSG Lost

10:54

City's Round of 16 Record

2012 Sporting Lost
2014 Barcelona Lost
2015 Barcelona Lost

10:48

News of He, Zlatan

From Jim White at Parc des Princes:

As they eviscerated Lyon at the Parc des Princes last night, it was some message Paris St Germain sent out to the other teams in this morning’s Champions League draw. Watching the win unfold from across the Channel, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City will be anxious to avoid the stardust infused French side. But their leading man Zlatan Ibrahimovic insisted that such a domestic performance – however splendid it may have been – was irrelevant.

“I think it doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “Because we have to be in shape when the game comes, I mean the Champions League game. Because if you are good now it doesn’t mean you are good in February.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who turned down Arsenal 17 years ago, may finally be on his way to join up with Arsene Wenger

Though PSG are very good now. Ibrahimovic scored twice in the win, his second after he earned a penalty with a piece of skill on the turn which will be replayed in a thousand internet memes. The victory put his side 17 points ahead of Angers and Monaco, who share second place at the top in Ligue 1, providing a cushion for the second half of the season which will allow them to concentrate on the club’s stated aim of making a mark in the Champions League.

“We have to continue with this rhythm,” said Ibrahimovic. “Train very hard as we do and believe in ourselves. I think the rest will come by itself.”

The great Swedish striker also said he was looking forward to the Euros, when his Swedish side, after the toughest of draws, have been pitched in the same group as the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Italy. Though characteristically, he did not seem remotely concerned about the opposition he will face in France in June.

“I think it is nice. I think the group is fantastic,” he said. “Yes, it’s tough. But I think every nation that is in the European has a good chance to do good things. That is why they are in the European. And it will be nice games, very exciting. Let’s see what happens.”

But then Ibrahimovic should be confident heading towards what may well be his last appearance in a major finals for his country. After all, it was his eleven goals in ten matches that secured qualification.

“I am always confident,” he smiled. “Always confident.”

The #UCL round of 16 lineup is complete! pic.twitter.com/09gTdv1Pbo

— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague)
December 9, 2015

10:43

City's possible opponents

Dynamo Kiev boast the dangerous, and much coveted, Andriy Yarmolenko among their player roster and are managed by ex-Spurs striker Sergei Rebrov. Domestically they are doing well and are level on points with Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of the table, nine points clear of third, and are in the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time since 1999/2000.

Kiev did well to beat Porto away from home in November and to take a point from Chelsea in October – Manuel Pellegrini’s side must be cautious when hosting the counter attacking Ukranian champions.

PSG are unbeaten in a record 14 Ligue 1 games and have rocketed to a massive 17 point lead at the top of the domestic table. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 87th goal in Ligue 1 last weekend to become the club’s all-time top scorer in the French top flight – but there is talent throughout the team to be wary of.

PSV – The Dutch champions are currently 3rd in the Eredivisie and qualified from Group B in the Champions League at the expense of Manchester United. For all the abuse thrown at Louis Van Gaal for his side’s unexpected departure at this early stage of the competition, and the lack of individual star quality available to Phillip Cocu, PSV are not a bad team at all. Extremely well organised and with the scoring talents of Luuk de Jong up front, they pose a real threat.

Benfica are the top scoring team (31) in the Primeira Liga but currently trail leaders Sporting Lisbon by eight points. This is only the second time in eight attempts that the Portuguese champions have made it out of their Champions League group but with a team packed full of attacking talent, they have a real chance to go even further this time. Nicolas Gaitain is a great player and has been linked with a move to the Premier League almost every single time the transfer window has opened over the last few seasons.

Roma concede a lot of goals (they have already let in twice as many as league leaders Inter Milan – 18) and will do well to progress further in the competition. Miralem Pjanic is their most important player but the tri-force attack of Edin Dzeko (twice a league champion with City), Gervinho and Mo Salah is where Rudi Garcia focuses most of his play.

The Belgian champions Gent top their domestic table and are the first Belgian side to appear in the last 16 of the Champions League since Anderlecht made the second group stage in 2000/01. Danijel Milicevic is the obvious threat with three goals from midfield in the competition so far this season.

10:42

Arsenal's past 10 Round of 16 ties

2015 Monaco Lost
2014 Bayern Lost
2013 Bayern Lost
2012 Milan Lost
2011 Barcelona Lost
2010 Porto Won
2009 Roma Won
2008 Milan Won
2007 PSV Lost
2006 Real Madrid Won

10:33

Chelsea's possible opponents

Courtesy of JJ Bull

PSG are unbeaten in a record 14 Ligue 1 games and have rocketed to a massive 17 point lead at the top of the domestic table. Jose Mourinho knows Zlatan Ibrahimovic well from his time at Inter Milan – the striker scored his 87th goal in Ligue 1 last weekend to become the club’s all-time top scorer in the French top flight – but there is talent throughout the team to be wary of. Ex-Chelsea defender David Luiz would look forward to a return to Stamford Bridge.

PSV – The Dutch champions are currently 3rd in the Eredivisie and qualified from Group B in the Champions League at the expense of Manchester United. For all the abuse thrown at Louis Van Gaal for his side’s unexpected departure at this early stage of the competition, and the lack of individual star quality available to Phillip Cocu, PSV are not a bad team at all. Extremely well organised and with the scoring talents of Luuk de Jong up front, they pose a real threat.

Benfica are the top scoring team (31) in the Primeira Liga but currently trail leaders Sporting Lisbon by eight points. This is only the second time in eight attempts that the Portuguese champions have made it out of their Champions League group but with a team packed full of attacking talent, they have a real chance to go even further this time. Nicolas Gaitain is a great player and has been linked with a move to the Premier League almost every single time the transfer window has opened over the last few seasons.

Last season’s beaten finalists, Juventus go into their last 16 tie on a run of 16 unbeaten home games in Europe. Currently 4th in Serie A, Massimiliano Allegri had to rebuild the core of the squad following that 3-1 defeat to Barcelona last June, after Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez departed for pastures new.

Paul Pogba is one of the best midfielders in Europe and the much hyped Paulo Dybala looks like he will be a star of European football imminently. Juan Cuadrado must love the idea of proving Jose Mourinho wrong.

Roma concede a lot of goals (they have already let in twice as many as league leaders Inter Milan – 18) and will do well to progress further in the competition. Miralem Pjanic is their most important player but the tri-force attack of Edin Dzeko, Gervinho and Mo Salah (ex of Chelsea) is where Rudi Garcia focuses most of his play.

Another ex-Premier League star, Arsenal’s on loan Wojciech Szczesny, will hope he can impress on his return to England but if Chelsea defend anywhere near as well as they used to, they will secure a place in the quarter final.

The Belgian champions Gent top their domestic table and are the first Belgian side to appear in the last 16 of the Champions League since Anderlecht made the second group stage in 2000/01. Danijel Milicevic is the obvious threat with three goals from midfield in the competition so far this season but Chelsea should deal with Gent. Then again, some strange things have happened at Stamford Bridge already this season…

10:25

Who would City and Chelsea prefer?

Well, Gent, obviously but after them I would suggest Chelsea's order of preference is: Gent; Roma, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Juventus and PSG (after last year's defeat).

City's would be: Gent, Dynamo Kiev (see winter break argument, below – they've broken up for the big freeze and do not return until 6 March), Roma, PSV, Benfica and PSG (for Middle East bragging rights reasons).

Why Roma before PSV? Because they ship goals.

10:17

Past champions

Looking at the pedigree of the last 16

Real Madrid have won 10
Bayern Munich 5
Barcelona 5
Juve 2
Benfica 2
Chelsea 1
PSV 1

The seven other teams have never won it. Should Barca or Bayern win it, they will move away from each other and Liverpool to take sole bronze medal place behind Real and Milan. And here, below, is what they are playing for, the cup memorably called 'The Big Eared B——' by Liverpool's Phil Thompson back in 1981.

Eyes on the prize: there is a fresh look to the last 16 of the Champions League this season Photo: GETTY IMAGES

10:10

Arsenal's order of preference

Good morning – the Champions League draw will take place at 11am GMT and I have just finished compiling brief profiles of Arsenal's possible opponents below. I would suggest that their order of preference would be as follows: Zenit St Petersburg (because the RPL is on hiatus from 4 Dec to 29 Feb and because Per Mertesacker would rather face the siege engine Artom Dzyuba than any fleet-footed forwards in the other four possibles); Wolfsburg; Atlético; Real Madrid and Barcelona. My colleague JJ Bull is looking at possible opponents for Chelsea and Man City (five of them are shared) and I will update you imminently.

10:08

Countdown to the Champions League Round of 16 draw

When is the Champions League draw?

The draw is scheduled to take place in Nyon, Switzerland, at 11:00am (12:00pm CET) on Monday 14 December.

Champions League knockout stage draw in

Where can I watch the Champions League draw live?

Uefa are planning to stream the knockout draw ceremony live on their website.

Alternatively, if you don't want to fiddle around with all that, Telegraph Sport will be following the draw with build-up on the day and live updates throughout.

Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draws: liveIn the hat: the final four of the Champions League Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The Champions League group stages are wrapped up for another year and this is what the future holds for the Premier League contingent still in the competition.

Who can Arsenal face?

After qualifying against the odds with victory at Olympiakos on Wednesday night, Arsenal made it through the group stages of the Champions League for a 16th successive season. For a fourth year in a row, though, they have finished second in their group despite being a top seed and will once again now face the prospect of playing the winner of one of the other groups.

Arsenal cannot face fellow Premier League sides Manchester City or Chelsea but will play one of the following teams in the next round of the Champions League:

Real Madrid, Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona or Zenit St Petersburg.

Let's look at those: Arsenal memorably defeated Real Madrid in their only Champions League tie in the round of 16 in 2006 when Thierry Henry scored in the Bernabéu. They went on to their sole appearance in a European Cup/Champions League final that season and were leading agaist Barcelona until Henrik Larsson came on and changed the game. Wenger's head to head record against Rafa Benítez currently stands at W8 D7 L8.

Benitez v Wenger stands at eight wins apiece

Real are an enigmatic side this season, never finding consistency under Beníitez and though they scored eight times against Malmo and four in each game against Shakhtar Donetsk, there is a tendency not to play fluently as a team that can be exploited. Ten European Cups v zero, though, shows the depth of the gulf between the clubs, if not the teams.

Barcelona would provide the biggest test, particularly given their mastery over Arsenal in the past (Barca have won four, drawn two and lost one), the return to fitness of Lionel Messi and that their summer signings Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan will be able to play from January onwards.

Arda Turan can play from January

The speed of their passing, the tireless running of Ivan Rakitic and their magical front three present a formidable obstacle for Arsenal and the team that would elicit the most groans among the Gunners' contingent if their balls are drwan together.

As for Wolfsburg … two words: Nicklas Bendtner. It's made for the former Arsenal striker to prove his Emirates critics wrong. But first he would have to win a place in the starting XI that has proved elusive this season as the conquerors of United prefer the rapidity of Julian Draxler and Andre Schurrle to complement big Bas Dost.

Nicklas Bendtner

Arsenal have never played the conquerors of Manchester United who are currently fourth in the Bundesliga, having lost four times.

The Gunners have never played Zenit in the Champions League and Andre Villas-Boas's side are in fine form, having won their first five group games and lots only to Gent when winning the group was already assured. They're currently sixth in the Russian Premier League which went into the winter break on 4 December. They'll do warm weather training in January and February but the round of 16 ties – scheduled to start on Feb 16/17 – comes a fortnight before the resumption of the Russian league campaign. The forwards – Artom Dzyuba (6ft 5in tall) and Hulk (6ft 5in wide) – pose an enormous physical threat and have scored 27 goals between them this season, nine in the Champions League. Axel Witsel is a fine midfield force, too.

Arsenal's final possible opponent, Atlético Madrid, would also be a maiden Champions League tie for them. Runners-up in 2014, Diego Simeone's tough side are second in La Liga (only on goal difference), won their group with just an away defeat at Benfica and are as powerful and uncompromising as ever despite losing Diego Costa, Arda Turan and Mario Mandzukic. Thier defence is so formidable, lest we forget, that Toby Alderweireld could not win favour there, and in Antoine Griezmann (11 goals in 19 league appearances and four in the Champiosn League) they have someone about to join the top rank of world footballers.

Antoine GriezmannFrance's Antoine Griezmann controls the ball acrobatically during the 2014 World Cup

Who can Chelsea face?

After beating Porto to finish top of Group G, Chelsea will face a team that finished runners up in one of the other groups, though they cannot face another Premier League team so that rules out Arsenal.

That means Jose Mourinho's team will play one of the following:

Paris Saint-Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Juventus, Roma or Gent

Who can Man City face?

Having topped Group D after beating Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 at the Etihad on Tuesday (while Juventus lost at Sevilla), Manchester City topped their Champions League group for the first time ever.

Twice before they have progressed in second place and gone on to be knocked out in the next round by Barcelona, so they will be relieved that they will avoid the Catalan giants at least until the quarter final stage.

City will be glad to have avoided Barcelona this time around

Manuel Pellegrini's side will play one of the teams that failed to do what they did and finished as runners up in their group.

That means a second round tie against one of the following:

Paris Saint-Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Roma, Dynamo Kiev or Gent

Sterling celebrates sending City through

How will it work?

There are two pots – one consisting of the eight group winners and the other made up of the eight group runners up. Pot one teams will be drawn against pot two teams making eight ties, with the group winners away from home in the first leg.

No two teams from the same country can be drawn against each other.

Real Madrid came top of Group A

Group winners: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Zenit St Petersburg, Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea.

Group runners-up: Paris Saint-Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Juventus, Roma, Arsenal, Dynamo Kiev, Gent.

When will the ties take place?

First legs will be played on February 16/17 and 23/24. Second legs will be on March 8/9 and 15/16.

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