Reactions to Champions League last 16 draw

Philipp Lahm (Bayern captain) said,"That's a good draw, I am looking forward to seeing Poldi (Lukas Podolski) and Per (Mertesacker) again, it's always something special to meet national team-mates.

Updated: December 20, 2012 18:48 IST
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Paris: Here are some reactions to the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League on Thursday:

Galatasaray v Schalke 04

"In the Champions League's last 16, there is no easy opponent. But obviously, I see chances for us to reach the quarter-final if we put in a good performance."

- Jens Keller (Schalke coach)

Celtic v Juventus

"In terms of glamour it is great. In terms of qualification it is going to be very tough. But we will take it as it comes and our supporters will be looking forward to this match.

- Neil Lennon (Celtic coach) to Sky Sports News.

Arsenal v Bayern Munich

"We know Arsenal well. That's fortunate and we can be happy about the draw. The game won't be a foregone conclusion and we should not underestimate Arsenal. It's important we try and get a good result in London and score a goal."

- Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich chairman)

"That's a good draw, I am looking forward to seeing Poldi (Lukas Podolski) and Per (Mertesacker) again, it's always something special to meet national team-mates."

- Philipp Lahm (Bayern captain)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)

"That certainly wasn't our desired draw. That is a tough task but we have shown in the group stage that we can assert ourselves against strong opponents. Perhaps it is a small advantage for us that the league in the Ukraine starts a bit later."

- Hans-Joachim Watzke (Borussia Dortmund owner) to Sky Sports News

AC Milan (ITA) v Barcelona (ESP)

"Last season we faced them twice (the group stage and quarter-finals), this time only once fortunately. We are now used to playing in Catalonia... We face a perfect machine even if they had more problems than usual this season in the group stage.

"This is the highest hurdle we could face but if we manage to pass it we can go all the way."

- Umberto Gandini (AC Milan sporting director) on

Real Madrid (ESP) v Manchester United (ENG)

"It's the tie that everyone wanted to see -- but that nobody wanted to see. They wanted to save it for later in the competition.

"One thing going in our favour is that our one victory over Real Madrid in this competition was in the year we won the final at Wembley (in 1968) so let's hope that is a lucky omen."

- John Alexander (Manchester United club secretary)

Valencia (ESP) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

"It's a special draw. PSG are a very strong team, with very good players. It's going to be difficult for Valencia... The most important thing for (us) is to regain our form before the Champions League against PSG."

- Jordi Bruixola (Valencia spokesman) to BeIN Sport

"I played at Valencia, even if it was 20 years ago. The crowd is very passionate. They've played two Champions League finals and have a lot of experience."

- Leonardo (PSG sporting director) to BeIN Sport.

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