Chelsea face Barca in pick of draw
Mourinho's Chelsea face Barcelona, where he was an assistant coach five years ago.
|CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW|
Real Madrid (Sp) v Juventus (It)
Porto (Por) v Inter Milan (It)
Barcelona (Sp) v Chelsea (Eng)
W Bremen (Ger) v Lyon (Fr)
Liverpool (Eng) v B Leverkusen (Ger)
PSV Eindhoven (Net) v Monaco (Fr)
Man United (Eng) v AC Milan (It)
B Munich (Ger) v Arsenal (Eng)
-- First legs February 22-23; Second legs March 8-9
NYON, Switzerland -- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho got the draw he wanted when his side were paired with Barcelona in the last 16 round of the Champions League.
In another high-profile tie, nine times champions Real Madrid were drawn against old rivals Juventus, coached by former Real manager Fabio Capello.
Manchester United will face AC Milan, the only major European side they have not met during manager Alex Ferguson's 18-year reign at Old Trafford.
Champions Porto will face Inter Milan while Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in another mouth-watering tie. The first legs will take place on February 22 and 23 with the return games in March.
In other games, Werder Bremen will meet French champions Lyon, Liverpool play Bayer Leverkusen and PSV Eindhoven will face last season's runners-up Monaco.
Mourinho is bidding to become the first coach to win the European Cup in successive seasons with different clubs, after taking Porto to the title last season.
Both Barcelona and Chelsea top their domestic leagues and Mourinho said before the draw he wanted to play the Spanish side where he was an assistant coach five years ago.
"It would be an emotional but happy return," he said. "I won with Barcelona against Chelsea in 2000 and now would like to go there and win with Chelsea."
Chelsea are relishing the opportunity to take revenge on Barcelona, following that defeat in 2000.
"From our point of view it is an exciting tie," said Chelsea secretary David Barnard after the draw.
"We respect Barcelona, that's one thing... but we do not fear them. We've got a bit of history with them in the Champions League so it will be interesting.
"We fear nobody at the moment because we are playing with such confidence. Jose knows the Spanish mentality... I think we are well set up," he added.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta said: "It will be difficult but I think it will be a great match. "It will be good football, good players, good coaches... very exciting."
The other standout tie pitted Real Madrid against Juventus.
"If we could have chosen our rivals we would have chosen someone else," Real Madrid midfielder Guti said. "It would have been better to have been paired with a team that would let us play a little more, like Monaco.
"But with all the good teams in the draw we had to face one of them. I see it as very evenly balanced and hope we can get through."
Juventus vice-president Roberto Bettega was upbeat.
"We're 2-1 up on them in recent past because we also beat them in the quarter-finals in 1996 -- the year we won the Champions League," he said.
"Obviously with Real it's going to be difficult. They've got a lot of quality in Ronaldo, Zidane and so on, but we know them very well and you have got to use whatever knowledge you have of a team to find a weakness."
Fellow Italians Inter Milan were drawn against defending champions Porto.
"It's difficult to find an easy opponent... Porto are European and Intercontinental champions, but a lot will depend on what kind of form they're in," Inter president Giacinto Facchetti said.
"Predictions at this stage are wrong, teams that have struggled so far can turn it round completely in two months."
Liverpool will play Germany's Bayer Leverkusen.
"It could be worse - we don't fear any team at the knock-out stage," said the Premier League club's chief executive Rick Parry.
Bayer Leverkusen coach Klaus Augenthaler was more expansive.
"That's a beautiful tie," he said. "I'm very pleased with that. "When you take four points off both Real Madrid and Roma in the group stage you might have a good chance against the English."
Manchester United landed Italian champions AC Milan as their manager Alex Ferguson had predicted.
"It's fantastic. A tough draw no doubt against a team with the best player in the world at the moment," United secretary Ken Merrett said, referring to Milan's Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko.
"Alex feels playing the top teams is better, it helps the players concentrate."
Milan director Umberto Gandini said: "They're a great team... certainly one of the most competitive and they have won everything they could under Alex Ferguson."
On Ferguson's prediction that the two sides would meet, he added: "It did seem almost inevitable, but I am a little worried about this clairvoyant ability of his. We'll just be hoping that he can't also predict the results or influence them somehow."