Created on 17-12-2010 at 00:00 AM
Bayern have been handed one of the toughest available draws in the first knockout round of this season’s Champions League, with a home and away encounter against holders Internazionale. The clash is a re-run of last May’s final in Madrid, where a Diego Milito brace sealed the famous trophy for the Serie A giants from Milan.
The draw for the last sixteen in Europe’s elite club competition was made at the headquarters of European football’s governing body UEFA in Nyon, Switzerland at lunchtime on Friday. Teams from the same national association could not be drawn to face each other at this stage of the competition.
“Inter is an extremely tough draw, probably the most difficult draw open to us," commented FCB chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, "but it’s also a very appealing draw. This is our chance to take revenge."
"We have a score to settle and we’re looking forward to the matches. I think our players will be fired up." added FCB deputy chairman Karl Hopfner, who was present at the draw ceremony in Nyon along with board director Andy Jung, although a number of club representatives and guest of honour Sir Bobby Charlton were prevented from attending in person after a snowstorm forced the closure of Geneva airport in the morning.
"We all still harbour slight regrets about passing up a huge chance in the final in Madrid," summarised FCB director of sport Christian Nerlinger, "but we can put that right once and for all in two matches against Inter." The first leg at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza will be played on Wednesday 23 February 2011, with the return on Tuesday 15 March at the Allianz Arena. This season’s final takes place on 28 May 2011 at Wembley stadium in London.
Champions League first knockout round 2010-11
AS Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk
AC Milan v Tottenham Hotspur
Valencia v Schalke
Inter Milan v Bayern
Olympique Lyon v Real Madrid
Arsenal v Barcelona
Olympique Marseille v Manchester United
FC Copenhagen v Chelsea