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Champions League: Manchester City draw Real Madrid in last 16

Tough test for Pep Guardiola, while Liverpool face Atletico Madrid

UEFA Champions League's ambassador Hamit Altintop during the draw in Nyon. AFP
UEFA Champions League's ambassador Hamit Altintop during the draw in Nyon. AFP

Manchester City face a tough test in the Champions League after being drawn against Real Madrid in the last 16.

It is a repeat of the 2016 semi-final when a single goal over two legs was enough to take Real through against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

And at Monday's draw in Nyon, Switzerland, they were handed one of the hardest ties of the next round when they landed Zinedine Zidane's Galacticos.

Holders Liverpool will return to the Wanda Metropolitano for the first time since winning last season's Champions League final, for a last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid.

"The task is going to be difficult because we have an opponent that are the reigning champions," said Atletico director Clemente Villaverde.

"They are the champions, they have all the assets to be called the best team in Europe. We will have to use all our hard work and our experience. We know they are not going to make it easy."

Jurgen Klopp will be confident of progressing with Diego Simeone's side currently struggling in Spain.

Frank Lampard's Chelsea will also face a stern test, being drawn against Bayern Munich. It's the same ground where Lampard won the trophy as a Chelsea player.

Tottenham were drawn against RB Leipzig, currently leading the German Bundesliga.

Club ambassador Ledley King is confident Tottenham can progress.

"They are a good side, play with a lot of pace and intensity," he told BT Sport.

"It will be a good game. Going to Germany is tough. It is one we won't be taking lightly. It will be a tough task, but I am quietly confident we can get through."

On Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, King added: "The manager has won the Champions League and his experience will rub off on the players."

First legs will be played on February 18, 19, 25 and 26, with second legs on March 10, 11, 17 and 18. Seeded teams play the second leg at home.

Updated: December 16, 2019 04:15 PM

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