NYON: Manuel Pellegrini has been handed the chance of a first victory over Barcelona after Manchester City were drawn against the Spanish leaders in the second round of the Champions League.
Arsenal have been drawn against holders Bayern Munich whom they defeated – albeit uselessly – in the Bavarian capital last spring. Chelsea, the 2012 winners, face Galatasaray and Manchester United will meet Greek side Olympiakos.
Bayern topped their first-round group ahead of Pellegrini’s Manchester City although Pellegrini registered a first personal victory over rival coach Pep Guardiola, formerly of Barcelona, in the second leg.
Elsewhere, AC Milan face Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen meet Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke face Real Madrid and Zenit St Petersburg will meet last year’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea and Manchester United have the advantage of playing the second leg at home after winning their groups, while City and Arsenal will have to travel away for the second legs of their ties.
City beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in their final Group D game and could have topped their group had they won 4-2.
City’s chief executive officer Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain used to work at Barcelona, who sold Yaya Toure to City in 2010.
Arsenal won 2-0 at Bayern Munich in March but went out on away goals in last season’s quarter-finals following a 3-1 defeat in the first leg, with the Germans going on to beat Dortmund in the final.
Bayern have also knocked the Gunners out of the tournament on their two previous meetings.
Chelsea will face Didier Drogba for the first time since the Ivorian striker left Stamford Bridge after eight years in 2012.
Blues manager Jose Mourinho claimed last week that a meeting with Drogba and Galatasaray was the draw he wanted.
Manchester United, who finished top of their group, have won each of their four previous meetings with Olympiakos.
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Bayer Leverkusen v Paris St-Germain
Galatasaray v Chelsea
Manchester City v Barcelona
Milan v Atletico Madrid
Olympiakos v Manchester United
Schalke v Real Madrid
Zenit St Petersburg v Dortmund
Europa League draw
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v Tottenham Hotspur
Betis v Rubin Kazan
Swansea City v Napoli
Juventus v Trabzonspor
Maribor v Sevilla
Viktoria Plzeň v Shakhtar Donetsk
Chornomorets Odesa v Lyon
Lazio v Ludogorets Razgrad
Esbjerg v Fiorentina
Ajax v Salzburg
Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Basel
Porto v Eintracht Frankfurt
Anji Makhachkala v KRC Genk
Dynamo Kyiv v Valencia
PAOK v Benfica
Slovan Liberec v AZ Alkmaar