On To The Knockout Round
By Miguel Delaney
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Defending champion Bayern Munich draws Arsenal in the next round.
The Champions League knockout draw brought some of Europe's best teams together. Miguel Delaney gives his five observations from the ties.
If the majority of the group stage ground to something of a halt, the tournament is set to immediately accelerate again. That was confirmed by the first pairing drawn, which is this year’s equivalent of Real Madrid-Manchester United: Manchester City versus Barcelona. Of course, the 2013-14 campaign also has its own Arsenal versus Bayern Munich. It emphasises just what a different competition this feels like from the last 16 on, as it all gets so real. That is not just down to the obvious fact it is sudden death, but because of the scale of these gigantic ties. They are becoming a defined trend of the second round, even though the tournament should not get too intense until the quarterfinals. It emphasises the fact that the modern Champions League may now be the highest-quality tournament football has ever seen. ... MORE
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