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Champions League draw: Predicting the Round of 16 – Arsenal set up to fail, but Chelsea shock the world

The Champions League draw yielded an incredible opportunity for Manchester City to advance to the quarter-finals while Arsenal and Chelsea will need to pull off some small miracles in order to advance.

While Manchester City drew Ukranian giants Dynamo Kyiv, Arsenal and Chelsea drew Barcelona and PSG respectively – not exactly opponents to inspire confidence in London football fans.

Barcelona have run roughshod over everyone in the Champions League and La Liga, while PSG allowed just one goal in their group – in a 1-0 loss to Real Madrid. Arsenal and Chelsea will have their hands full, but a win is not impossible based on what they’ve achieved just to get to this point. Time will tell if Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have the brains and the talent to advance to the quarter-finals.

Here are the predictions for Round 16 of the Champions League:

Jose Mourinho Chelsea

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea

Winner: Chelsea

In one of the most stunning upsets of the tournament, the Chelsea defense comes to life and shuts down the trio of Zlatan, Cavani and Angel Di Maria, while their own scoring threats finally return to form.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez & Neymar - Barcelona

Arsenal vs. Barcelona

Winner: Barcelona

Though Arsenal managed at least one upset of Champions League juggernaut Bayern Munich, the Gunners are sent packing as Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez run circles around them.

Lewandowski Gotze Muller Bayern Munich

Juventus vs. Bayern Munich

Winner: Bayern Munich

The Juventus defense bent but didn’t break in the Group Stage, but will get smashed by the overwhelming scoring threats of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.

Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid

PSV Eindhoven vs. Atletico Madrid

Winner: Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann leads the Spanish giants to the quarter-finals as PSV can’t even score against them.

Axel Witsel Zenit

Benfica vs. Zenit St. Petersburg

Winner: Zenit

The Russian giants get the job done and survive against a gritty Benfica team.

Aguero Silva De Bruyne Manchester City

Dynamo Kyiv vs. Manchester City

Winner: Manchester City

The incredible firepower of Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, and an eventually healthy Sergio Aguero proves too much for Kyiv to handle.

Julian Draxler Wolfsburg

Gent vs. Wolfsburg

Winner: Wolfsburg

VfL Wolfsburg continue their winning ways against Gent and continue their impressive run into the quarter-finals.

Bale Ronaldo Real Madrid

Roma vs. Real Madrid

Winner: Real Madrid

Ronaldo and company handle their business rather quickly as they overwhelm a porous Roma defense.

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