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A look at Arsenal’s potential Champions League opponents in first knockout round

Arsene Wenger looks at the Champions League trophy. Photo credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Arsene Wenger looks at the Champions League trophy. Photo credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS

Thursday, December 6, 2012
7:35 AM

Arsenal now know which sides they could possibly face in the next round of the Champions League.

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Here, London24 takes a look at the prospective opponents.

PARIS ST GERMAIN

Coach: Carlo Ancelotti.

Star man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Previous best in CL/European Cup: Semi-final 1995.

Chances: Mega-rich PSG have ambitions to win the Champions League this term and if striker Ibrahimovic can continue his superb form, it might just happen.

Did you know? Paris St Germain were only formed in 1970, as a merger between Paris FC and Stade St Germain.

MALAGA

Coach: Manuel Pellegrini.

Star man: Javier Saviola.

Previous best in CL/European Cup: First time in competition.

Chances: Impressive so far in their debut Champions League season, although inexperience may count against them in the knockout rounds.

Did you know? Pellegrini took Villarreal to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2006, but during his brief period as boss at Real Madrid, could only get Los Blancos to the last 16.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Coach: Jurgen Klopp.

Star man: Robert Lewandowski.

Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1997.

Chances: Have very much caught the eye in the group stage and are being tipped as dark horses for the title.

Did you know? Dortmund, under Klopp, have won the Bundesliga for the past two seasons, securing a domestic double in 2011-12 by adding the DFB-Pokal.

BAYERN MUNICH

Coach: Jupp Heynckes

Star man: Franck Ribery.

Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001.

Chances: Last season’s beaten finalists are looking to make amends and have been effective so far.

Did you know? Bayern lost the 2011-12 Champions League final despite it being played at their home ground, being defeated on penalties by Chelsea at the Allianz Arena following a 1-1 draw.

BARCELONA

Coach: Tito Vilanova.

Star man: Lionel Messi.

Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011.

Chances: There has been little so far to suggest that Vilanova, appointed as Barca boss over the summer, cannot emulate his predecessor Pep Guardiola this term by winning the competition.

Did you know? Prior to their 2006 Champions League triumph, Barcelona had not featured in a European Cup final since 1994.

JUVENTUS

Coach: Antonio Conte.

Star man: Arturo Vidal.

Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1985, 1996.

Chances: Serie A champions snuck into last 16 by winning final group game and will be expected to step it up when European competition resumes in February.

Did you know? Juve’s original strip was pink, back in 1897. They adopted their new colours six years later when Turin-based Englishman John Savage acquired a set of black and white vertical striped shirts from a Notts County-supporting friend.

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