Europe's biggest sides are preparing to do battle for the most prestigious prize in club football with the Champions League returning this week.
Manchester City host Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen take on Paris St. Germain on Tuesday, while on Wednesday Arsenal face European champions Bayern Munich and AC Milan play Atletico Madrid.
Each match has plenty of star names and storylines as well as the potential for lots of drama so there will be no shortage of action. Find out the key information as well as previews and predictions below.
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|Man City vs. Barcelona||Feb. 17||7.45 p.m. GMT/2.45 p.m. ET||ITV/Fox Sports||1-1|
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|Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich||Feb. 18||7.45 p.m. GMT/2.45 p.m. ET||Sky Sports/Fox Sports||1-1|
|AC Milan vs. Atletico Madrid||Feb. 18||7.45 p.m. GMT/2.45 p.m. ET||Sky Sports/Fox Sports||1-2|
Manchester City vs. Barcelona
Having made it through the group stage of the competition for the first time in their history, surely anything extra for City is a bonus? Not if you're Manuel Pellegrini.
The fiery Chilean may seem placid on the outside, but he has spoken of a desire to win four trophies with City this season, his first at the club, and beating Barcelona, or at the very least giving them a good game, would lay down a massive marker as to the Premier League club's progress this season.
Yaya Toure said as much, claiming City have to beat the best if they are going to be the best themselves:
Although Barcelona lead La Liga under Gerardo Martino, there are rumblings of discontent at the club about his style of play and management.
This could all become worse if Barca fail to perform at the Etihad, although it could all be put to bed entirely with a convincing performance.
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Like City, PSG are a club relatively new to the European big time and have a desire to make a big impression in a small amount of time.
To do this, they have assembled a squad of stars that is the envy of France, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva and Yohan Cabaye which gives them a strong chance of progress in Europe while remaining competitive domestically.
They should have no problems against a hard-working and spirited but ultimately lacking Bayer Leverkusen side. However, they will be made to work for the win, and if they underestimate their opponents, they could be in for a surprise.
Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich
One of the more intriguing rounds of the tie; with the Bundesliga title all but sealed, Bayern are playing for time in Germany.
Manager Pep Guardiola has shown he can cope with whatever his counterparts in the Bundesliga can throw at him, but as the coach of last season's Champions League winners, he has something to prove on the European stage.
And Bayern captain Philipp Lahm is keen to prove it, claiming the Bavarians are coming to win:
Arsenal gave Bayern a scare last season on their way to victory at Wembley and are fully capable of doing so again, but as they have shown against Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League, the Gunners can have off days, too.
Arsene Wenger's side are strong at home this season, having only lost once there in the league, and will be keen to take something away to the Allianz Arena with them. Bayern, having lost to City already this season, have good reason to be wary.
AC Milan vs. Atletico Madrid
Milan are very much a side in transition this season, and with Clarence Seedorf only a few games into his first managerial job, they are the underdogs against a strong Atletico Madrid team who are dark horses to progress to the later stages of the competition.
Atletico made it through a tricky group that included Zenit, Porto and Austria Vienna but no star names. However, if they beat Milan over two legs, then you could say Diego Simeone's side mean business.
With Diego Costa leading the line, it is easy to see how Atletico will thrive, but the wild card of Mario Balotelli means that Milan will be able to spring an upset and stand a good chance at the San Siro.
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