Champions League Draw: Some Cracking Knockout Ties Await

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Manchester United will face former midfielder David Beckham in the last 16 of the Champions League after they were paired with AC Milan in the draw.
It will be the first time since his 2003 departure that Beckham has faced the club where he made his name, with his return set for 9/10 or 16/17 March.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were drawn against ex-manager Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan.
Arsenal enjoyed arguably the easiest of the draws, against Porto, with the first leg on 16/17 or 23/24 February.
Holders Barcelona will face German side Stuttgart, while their La Liga rivals Real Madrid face a tricky tie against French side Lyon.

But the two draws of the round undoubtedly involve English clubs, with Manchester United and Chelsea both reunited with former heroes.

Stuttgart v Barcelona
Olympiakos v Bordeaux
Inter Milan v CHELSEA
Bayern Munich v Fiorentina
CSKA Moscow v Seville
Lyon v Real Madrid
AC Milan v MAN UTD (BBC Sport)

So some right corkers came out of the hat (so to speak) in the draw for the last 16 with the battles between AC Milan and Man United, and Inter Milan and Chelsea being the standout ties and Arsenal getting a tricky trip to Porto. Some less spectacular ties see the ‘smaller’ sides such as Olympiakos and Bordeaux going head to head and likewise CSKA and Sevilla.

So what do fans of sides still competing in the competition think of the draw? Could it have been better/worse? Have hopes of Champions League success been scuppered somewhat?

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