Created on 20-12-2012 at 00:00 AM
Bayern have been handed a tough but manageable task in this season’s Champions League first knockout round after Germany’s most successful club were paired with English Premier League cracks Arsenal in the draw for the last sixteen.
“We know Arsenal well. We can be satisfied with this draw," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in an initial reaction, although the FCB chairman warned against underestimating the north London side. “It won't just take care of itself. It's important we go in search of a good result in London and score a goal there."
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side came second to Schalke in their group. Bayern have generally good memories of facing the Gunners: on the way to winning the competition in 2001, FCB drew 2-2 in the UK capital and won 1-0 at home in the second group stage, before going through to the quarter-finals in 2005 on a 3-2 aggregate after winning 3-1 at home and losing 0-1 away. The Round of 16 clash in 2013 also means a reunion with striker Lukas Podolski, who was on the books at FCB from 2006 to 2009.
Nine former winners in draw
The draw ceremony, held at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland from 11.30 am CET on Friday and conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino with help from former England international Steve McManaman, featured nine former winners of Europe's elite club competition but only five of last year's knockout contenders, with a total of four teams from Spain, three from Germany, two from England and Italy, and one each from Portugal, France, Turkey, Scotland and Ukraine.
As group winners, Bayern play the first leg of the Round of 16 tie away from home at the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium in north London, with the decisive second leg at the Allianz Arena. The first leg will be played on Tuesday 19 February 2013, with the return in Munich on Wednesday 13 March. This year’s final takes place at Wembley stadium in London on 25 May 2013.
Champions League first knockout round draw in full:
Galatasaray – Schalke
Celtic - Juventus
Arsenal - Bayern Munich
Shakhtar Donetsk - Borussia Dortmund
AC Milan - Barcelona
Real Madrid - Manchester United
Valencia - Paris St Germain
FC Porto - Malaga