Barcelona and Arsenal currently lead the two best leagues in the world.
This spring, they will get another chance to prove which is No. 1. The Premier League leaders and the La Liga leaders were drawn against each other Monday morning in the Champions League draw for the round of 16.
The teams have met three times before in knockout play, including the 2006 final, and Barcelona has won all three times. As the defending champions and featuring an attack of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, they will certainly be favored to make it four in a row this time. The home-and-home series will start in late February.
Another high-profile match pits Chelsea against the team that knocked them out last season, Paris St. Germain. Chelsea are having a nightmare season in England, finding themselves closer to the relegation zone than the title race, and Jose Mourinho probably needs a Champions League trophy to save his job.
The third big fixture will be German powerhouse Bayern Munich against Italian giants Juventus. Under Pep Guardiola, Munich has established itself as one of the three best sides in the world, joining Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Juventus went to the final last season.
Manchester City will be happy with their matchup with Dynamo Kiev, although traveling to Ukraine was probably not something they wanted to do. Roma lost 6-1 to Barcelona in the last match of the group stage, and isn’t likely to fare better in the round of 16 against Real Madrid.
Atlético Madrid will be favored over PSV Eindhoven, even after the Dutch team knocked Manchester United out of the tournament, while Zenit St. Petersburg has a real shot at making the final eight for the first time when they take on Benfica.
The last matchup pits two unheralded teams, with Germany’s Wolfsburg taking on Belgian champions Ghent.