Bayern have been handed a tough but highly attractive first knockout round tie in this season’s Champions League as the 2013 winners and current Bundesliga league leaders were paired with North London giants Arsenal in Monday lunchtime’s draw for the last sixteen, resuming a rivalry that already extends to 11 meetings in European competition.First leg in February, return in March
The draw ceremony was held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland from midday CET on Monday and was supervised by UEFA chief of communications Pedro Pinto and UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti, and conducted on this occasion by former star Ruud Gullit. The 16-team line-up featured seven former winners of Europe's elite club competition and nine of last year's knockout contenders, with a total of four teams from Spain, three each from Germany and England, and two each from Italy, France and Portugal.
As group runners-up, Bayern play the first leg of the Round of 16 tie at the Allianz Arena in Munich, with the return away from home at the Emirates Stadium in London. This year’s final takes place at the National Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday 29 May 2015.More news and reaction follows soon!Champions League first knockout round draw in full: