Manchester City's reward for reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the very first time is a tricky tie against Paris Saint-Germain. Manuel Pellegrini's side, who topped Group D ahead of Juventus, finally advanced past the last-16 phase courtesy of a comfortable 3-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev.
Reigning French champions PSG have been eliminated from the competition at this stage for three consecutive seasons, although boast a wealth of experience against Premier League clubs having recently knocked out Chelsea for the second time in as many years. Star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be hoping to lift his maiden European Cup during what is set to be his final campaign in the French capital.
Responding to the draw, City sporting director Txiki Begiristain told the club's official website: "My first reaction was: 'wow'! But we'll do our best, we have confidence in our team."
Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference ahead of the derby against Manchester United this weekend, added: "It's a difficult draw. It's better to finish at home. Having the first leg away means you know what you have to do."
The headline tie of the round involves holders Barcelona, who are seeking to become the first club to win back-to-back Champions League titles since the tournament was rebranded back in 1992. The Catalans eased past Arsenal over two legs to extend their formidable unbeaten streak to 38 matches, but must now negotiate a difficult meeting with domestic rivals and defensive powerhouses Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona have beaten Atletico twice already in La Liga this term, but will not need reminding that they were on the wrong end of a 2-1 aggregate scoreline when the two teams met during the 2013-14 competition. Sworn rivals Real Madrid have been handed a much more straightforward tie against quarter-final newcomers Wolfsburg, while Bayern Munich will surely be confident of defeating Portuguese champions Benfica despite their recent wobble at home to Juventus.