Arsenal to Play Milan in Soccer’s Champions League; Chelsea to Meet Napoli
Chelsea, the only other English team left after Manchester City and Manchester United were eliminated, meets Napoli. Record nine-time champion Real Madrid travels to Moscow for the first of its two-match showdown with CSKA.
“We have to break our bad tradition with Arsenal and especially with England clubs,” Milan director Umberto Gandini said after the teams were paired. Milan, a seven-time champion, was eliminated by the Gunners the last time the teams met in 2008. “It’s an exciting fixture and we are very determined.”
Arsenal’s run against Italian teams means it will enter the matches with conviction, said club secretary David Miles. “We have a good record against Italian clubs, having knocked out Roma and Inter, including a 5-1 win in San Siro. It’s going to be tough but we’re confident,” he said.
Chelsea, a finalist in 2008, faces in Napoli a team that finished ahead of Premier League leader Manchester City in the group phase.
The two-game round, which matches the winners and runners- up of the group stage, will be played in February and March. The runners-up host the opening match, with the group winners hosting the deciding game.
RUNNERS UP GROUP WINNERS AC Milan vs Arsenal Lyon vs APOEL Napoli vs Chelsea Basel vs Bayern Leverkusen vs Barcelona CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid Zenit vs Benfica Marseille vs Inter Milan