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UEFA Champions League 2014/2015 Schedule & Fixtures

Real Madrid goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas (centre) celebrates with the trophy after the end of the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final against Atletico Madrid at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon (credit: Getty Images)
The draw for the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League first knockout round continued the sense of déjà vu that also applied to the group stage, with holders Real Madrid and arch-rivals Barcelona being paired with familiar opponents.

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For no club has the air of familiarity been more acute this season than Manchester City who, having been pooled with Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow for the second consecutive campaign, now also face Barcelona in the last 16 just as they did in 2013-14.

Last term, Barcelona triumphed 4-1 on aggregate and again the first leg will be played at the Etihad Stadium where goals from Lionel Messi (penalty) and Dani Alves earned the Spanish club a 2-0 advantage on their previous visit.

Real Madrid have already indicated that facing the same last-16 opponents as last season is a positive omen in their quest to retain the trophy.

Although unable to repeat the emphatic nature of their 6-1 win away from home against German club Schalke last year on the way to a 9-2 aggregate success, a 2-0 victory in the first leg this time has put the holders well on course to qualify.

Bookmaker bet365 quote Real Madrid as one of their 11/4 joint favourites to become the first club since AC Milan in 1990 to retain the European Cup, along with Bayern Munich who drew 0-0 away from home against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (right) takes a free-kick against Schalke (Getty Images)

Of the other two English clubs still involved, Arsenal will probably be happier with their current situation having been drawn against their manager Arsene Wenger’s former club Monaco, whereas more déjà vu is involved for Chelsea.

Last season Jose Mourinho’s side had to recover from a 3-2 first-leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals and went through with a 2-0 home win, while this time around they drew 1-1 in the Parc des Princes and appeared somewhat fortunate to do so, which means Chelsea cannot afford to be complacent in the return match at Stamford Bridge.

Schalke v Real is not the only Germany v Madrid clash thrown up by the draw because Bayer Leverkusen were paired with last season’s runners-up Atletico.

The fourth German club still involved, Borussia Dortmund, are up against Italian champions Juventus, with the remaining tie being poised at 1-1 between Basel, who knocked out Liverpool, and Porto.

2014-15 UEFA Champions League fixture schedule (all kick-off times 19:45 GMT)

FEBRUARY 2015

Last-16 first legs

Tuesday February 24

Juventus v Borussia Dortmund
Manchester City v Barcelona

Wednesday February 25

Arsenal v Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid

MARCH 2015

Last-16 second legs

Tuesday March 10

Porto v Basel
Real Madrid v Schalke

Wednesday March 11

Bayern Munich v Shakhtar Donetsk
Chelsea v Paris Saint-Germain
 
Tuesday March 17

Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen
Monaco v Arsenal

Wednesday March 18

Barcelona v Manchester City
Borussia Dortmund v Juventus

March 20 – Quarter-final draw

APRIL 2015

April 14-15 – Quarter-final first leg
April 21-22 – Quarter-final second leg
April 24 – Semi-final draw

MAY 2015

May 5-6 – Semi-final first leg
May 12-13 – Semi-final second leg

JUNE 2015

June 6 – Champions League Final in Berlin
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UEFA Champions League 2014/2015 Schedule & Fixtures

The draw for the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League first knockout round continued the sense of déjà vu that also applied to the group stage, with holders Real Madrid and arch-rivals Barcelona being paired with familiar opponents.

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