The draw for the first round of the knockout stage of the 2012-13 Champions League took place this morning, and four La Liga sides discovered their next opponents.
Malaga progressed from the group in their debut campaign, and are the European surprise package from La Liga this season.
FC Barcelona breezed through their group and made the knockout stages of the premier European competition for the 12th consecutive year.
Real Madrid emerged second from the group of death, where they were pitted against the champions of England, Germany and Holland.
Valencia sacked coach Mauricio Pellegrino this month, despite the fact he led his team to second place in their group, behind last year’s finalists Bayern Munich.