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Champions League Draw: Who could we face?

The 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stages are over and the six teams City could meet in the Round of 16 are now known.

PSG, PSV, Benfica, AS Roma, Dynamo Kiev and KAA Gent are the clubs who have booked their places in the knockout stages, so let’s find out a little bit more about them and discover how they reached the last 16.

PSG

Widely recognised as the toughest-possible draw for City, the Parisian made light work of Malmo and Shakhtar Donetsk in Group A, only missing out on top spot because of their 1-0 away defeat to Real Madrid on Match Day Four.

Top scorer: Angel Di Maria (3)

Manager: Laurent Blanc

Stadium: Parc des Princes (49,000 capacity)

City links: Former World Player of the Year George Weah played for both clubs and so too did City legend Ali Benarbia.

Previous meetings: One. City 0-0 PSG (UEFA Cup) 3 December 2008

Best UCL/European Cup performance: Quarters (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15)

PSV

The Dutch champions are one of the competition’s surprise packages after they squeezed through Group B at Manchester United’s expense. Phillip Cocu’s side dumped Louis van Gaal’s side out to qualify alongside Wolfsburg thanks to a 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow on Match Day Six.

Top scorer: Maxime Lestienne and Luuk de Jong (2)

Manager: Phillip Cocu

Stadium: Philips Stadion (35,000 capacity)

City links: Former Blues defender Karim Rekik was part of PSV’s Eredivisie winning side last season. Da Marcus Beasley and Michael Ball have also played for both clubs.

Previous meetings: N/A

Best UCL/European Cup performance: Winners 1987/88

Benfica

Benfica qualified from Group C which was won by Atletico on the final Match Day. The Portuguese champions overcame Astana and Galatasaray to make the knockout rounds, recording 10 points from their six games.

Top scorer: Nicolas Gaitan (3)

Manager: Rui Vitoria

Stadium: Estadio da Luz (65,000 capacity)

City links: Former City midfielder Javi Garcia represented Benfica for three years between 2009 and 2012. Brazilian attacking midfielder Geovanni has also played for both clubs.

Previous meetings: N/A

Best UCL/European Cup performance: 1960/61, 1961/62

AS Roma

Roma progressed to the Last 16 on the final Match Day, finishing as runners-up to FC Barcelona at the expense of BATE Borisov and Bayer Leverkusen.

Top scorer: Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Daniele De Rossi (2)

Manager: Rudi Garcia

Stadium: Stadio Olimpico (72,000 capacity)

City links: Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko is currently leading the line for the Italian giants where he’s regularly joined in the team by Brazilian full-back Maicon. Going back further, David Pizarro has also represented both clubs.

Previous meetings: Twice, 2014/15 UCL group stages. City won in Roma 2-0 and drew 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Best UCL/European Cup performance: Quarter-finals (twice)

Dynamo Kiev

FC Porto and Maccabi Tel Aviv were both seen off as Dynamo Kiev reached the Last 16 for the first time since the late 1990s. Ex-Spurs striker Sergey Rebrov guided the Ukrainian side through along with Chelsea from Group G.

Top scorer: Andriy Yarmolenko (2)

Manager: Sergey Rebrov

Stadium: NSC Olimpiyskiy (70,000 capacity)

City links: Andrei Kanchelskis represented both clubs in the 1990s.

Previous meetings: Twice (Europa League 2010/11) Dynamo Kiev dumped City out of the Europa League in March 2011 thanks to a 2-1 aggregate win. City won the home leg 1-0 thanks to Aleksandar Kolarov’s goal but that wasn’t enough to overturn the 2-0 first-leg deficit.

Best UCL/European Cup performance: Semi-final (Three times)

KAA Gent

Belgian league champions KAA Gent, nicknamed The Buffalos, made it through Champions League Group H, knocking out Valencia and Lyon. This is their first appearance in the tournament phase of the competition but they have plenty of continental calibre as they’ve played 40 games in the Europa League. They won three straight games to claim an unlikely place in the knockout stages - one of the real stories of the Champions League so far.

Top scorer: Danijel Milicevic (3)

Manager: Hein Vanhaezebrouck

Stadium: Ghelamco Arena (20,000 capacity)

City links: Kevin De Bruyne came through the youth ranks at KAA Gent.

Previous meetings: N/A

Best UCL/European Cup performance: Third qualifying round 2010/11

The full line-up for the Round of 16 is as follows...

Group winners: City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Zenit St Petersburg, Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea

Group runners-up: Paris Saint-Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Juventus, Roma, Arsenal, Dynamo Kiev, Gent

When is the draw made? Can City make any changes to their Champions League squad? Where can we follow the draw? All of your answers are right this way.

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