Mata, Podolski & more: Twitter reacts to Champions League draw

Juan Mata and Lukas Podolski both tweet their thoughts after Monday's Champions League draw in Nyon

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Juan Mata signed for Chelsea from Valencia in August 2011

Arsenal will face holders Bayern Munich for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals after Monday’s draw in Nyon.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are set to take on Spanish champions Barcelona and Chelsea will be reunited with Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba, whilst Manchester United were drawn against Olympiakos.

Here is a selection of tweets from the professionals reacting to a mouth-watering European draw.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (‏@rioferdy5) askes Red Devils supporters who they would like to face in Monday’s draw: “#CLdraw …..who do we fancy @ManUtd???!”

Chelsea fan Jordan Stewart ‏(@jordanstewart3) is excited to see who Chelsea will face: “Time for the Champions League draw. #ComeOnChelsea”

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique (@3gerardpique) is on the ball as the Spanish champions are drawn against the Citizens: “Manchester City!”

Ex-Sunderland man Michael Gray (‏@mickygray33) is looking forward to a blockbuster clash: “What a game that will be: Man city v Barcelona.”

Former Chelsea defender Michael Duberry (‏@Original_Dubes) reckons the Blues and United will be happy: “Man United got a nice draw, Chelsea got a sticky one but as for Arsenal and Man City!! Wow!! Bayern and Barca! […] I think Man United, @chelseafc and Man City all advance but Bayern will be to much for Arsenal. #championsleague”

Ex-Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby ‏(@hucks6dh6) reckons the neutral will enjoy the meeting between City and Barcelona: “Horrendous Draw for both #Mcfc and Barca, great for general public though!”

Former Everton midfielder Lee Carsley ‏(@lecarso) can’t wait to see the Toffees in the draw next season – or at least he hopes so: “Some good games in the Champions League..Everton next season…”

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski (‏@Podolski10) hopes the Gunners are on the right end of the result this season: “What a draw again! We’re facing Bayern once more.:)”

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata (‏@juanmata10) excited to face a familiar friend: “So… Didier is back #ChampionsLeague #Galatasaray”

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fàbregas (‏@cesc4official) tweets his thoughts: “We already know our next opponent, Manchester City! Ya tenemos rival! Ja tenim rival! #ChampionsLeague #fcblive”

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (‏@VincentKompany) is excited to face Barcelona: “Barcelona, great draw! Any footballer should want play those games. First things first, tomorrow big game v Leicester! #MCFC”

Finally, Gary Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker) reckons Barcelona and Bayern won’t be happy with the draw either: “That is one tasty UCL draw. If it’s any consolation to MCFC or AFC fans, Neither Bayern nor Barca will like it much.”

Champions League last 16 draw in full

Manchester City v Barcelona

Olympiacos v Manchester United

AC Milan v Atletico Madrid

Bayer Leverkusen v Paris Saint-Germain

Galatasaray v Chelsea

Schalke v Real Madrid

Zenit Saint-Petersburg v Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal v Bayern Munich

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