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As Europe's elite competition enters the knockout phase, Goal.com analyzes every team's season so far and how their record compares to their last 16 opponents

The draw for the first knockout round of the Champions League on Friday threw up some fascinating ties, with Chelsea against Napoli and Arsenal versus AC Milan the pick of the bunch.

With each team unable at this stage to face anyone from the same domestic league, as well as their group stage opponents, it means a new challenge for everyone come the last 16 ties in February 2012.

Goal.com breaks down each team and how their record compares to their February foes...

APOEL NICOSIA
GROUP G WINNERS
VS
LYON
GROUP D RUNNERS-UP
P
6
W
2
L
1
F
6
A
6
1st place P
13
W
9
L
2
F
22
A
5
1.5
0.6

GROUP RECORD
LEAGUE POS.
LEAGUE RECORD
GOALS PER GAME
CONCEDED AVG.
P
6
W
2
L
2
F
9
A
7
4th place P
17
W
10
L
5
F
29
A
19
1.7
1.1

APOEL has been the fairytale of the season as Ivan Jovanovic's side is the first ever from Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16. The club progressed through three qualifying rounds to make the group stage, and then finished at the top of Group G ahead of Zenit St Petersburg, Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk. APOEL conceded just six goals in six matches, and center back Paulo Jorge was immense at the back. The Cypriot champions will find it tougher in the knockout stage, but this season's surprise package in Europe could well have more in their arsenal.

Lyon find itself in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the ninth successive season, having made the last 16 in positively miraculous circumstances, defeating Dinamo Zagreb 7-1 away from home on the final group matchday to overturn a seemingly impossible goal difference deficit on Ajax. Remi Garde has taken over control of the Rhone Giants from Claude Puel, though the circumstances he finds himself in are tough, as OL is now increasingly reliant on its youth system as its operating budget is trimmed to fit in with the difficult financial climate. Presently Lyon lies fourth in Ligue 1, and is still a force to be reckoned with when its entire starting XI is fit.

CHELSEA
GROUP E WINNERS
VS
NAPOLI
GROUP A RUNNERS-UP
P
6
W
3
L
1
F
13
A
4
3rd place P
15
W
10
L
4
F
33
A
18
2.2
1.0

GROUP RECORD
LEAGUE POS.
LEAGUE RECORD
GOALS PER GAME
CONCEDED AVG.
P
6
W
3
L
1
F
10
A
6
5th place P
16
W
11
L
4
F
40
A
10
2.3
0.7

It has been a turbulent start to Andre Villas-Boas’ Chelsea career and despite eventually qualifying comfortably from Group E with a 3-0 win over Valencia, it has not exactly been comfortable on the continent for the Portuguese and his side. That said, the Stamford Bridge outfit will still be seen as one of, if not the main challengers to the tournament favorites from Spain and possess players capable of winning any game. Roman Abramovich craves the Champions League more than any other of the game’s prizes – for his side to secure it this year is unlikely, but not impossible.

A stunning Champions League debut from the Partenopei, who progressed to the last 16 at the expense of Manchester City. Walter Mazzarri’s well-drilled counterattacking players wasted little time in announcing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, picking up a point at Eastlands in their Group A opener before then registering a comfortable home win over Villarreal. They were, undeniably, outplayed in their back-to-back clashes with Bayern Munich but they followed up a thoroughly deserved win over City with a straightforward success at the Madrigal to go through as runners-up. However, competing on two fronts has taken its toll on the paper-thin squad and reinforcements are a necessity during the January transfer window.

ARSENAL
GROUP F WINNERS
VS
AC MILAN
GROUP H RUNNERS-UP
P
6
W
3
L
1
F
7
A
6
5th place P
15
W
9
L
4
F
31
A
13
1.8
0.9

GROUP RECORD
LEAGUE POS.
LEAGUE RECORD
GOALS PER GAME
CONCEDED AVG.
P
6
W
2
L
1
F
11
A
8
3rd place P
14
W
8
L
2
F
31
A
16
2.1
1.2


If Arsenal’s 2010-11 season ended in comical fashion, then this year’s campaign began horrifically, with an 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Manchester United. Yet the early signs of revival began to show on the European front, with Arsene Wenger’s men overcoming a tricky qualification clash with Udinese. While the Gunners slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Olympiakos on matchday six, they had already qualified for the competition’s last 16 as Group F winners, once again showing their Champions League credentials with a victory and draw apiece over Marseille and Borussia Dortmund.

The Italian champions’ Group H campaign went pretty much as expected. Massimiliano Allegri’s men came off a clear second best to Barcelona, finishing seven points behind the Catalans, but still managed to progress with two rounds to spare after taking four points off both Viktoria Plzen and BATE Borisov. Milan was quite fortunate to snatch a draw at Camp Nou but showed enough in losing 3-2 at San Siro in the return leg to suggest that while question marks remain over its defense and aging midfield, the club as strong as it has been since it last lifted the trophy in 2007.

BAYERN MUNICH
GROUP A WINNERS
VS
BASEL
GROUP C RUNNERS-UP
P
6
W
4
L
1
F
11
A
6
1st place P
16
W
11
L
4
F
40
A
10
2.3
0.7

GROUP RECORD
LEAGUE POS.
LEAGUE RECORD
GOALS PER GAME
CONCEDED AVG.
P
6
W
3
L
1
F
11
A
10
1st place P
18
W
11
L
2
F
38
A
17
2.0
1.1

Having won the so-called 'Group of Death' with a match to spare, Bayern can take plenty of confidence into the knockout rounds. The German club humbled the likes of Manchester City, Napoli and Villarreal, and has accordingly been spoken of in the same breath as Barcelona and Real Madrid. Before Bastian Schweinsteiger's clavicular fracture in November, Bayern had Europe's best defensive record. With he and Arjen Robben - who played just 76 minutes in the group stage - returning, the team has a couple aces up its sleeves.

Basel has been the surprise package of this edition of the Champions League as it reached the last-16 stage for only the second time in its history. And the club did so under caretaker boss Heiko Vogel, who has since been handed a permanent deal. The Swiss club operates on a tight budget, with its squad mainly composed of local players, but under the stewardship of veteran striker Alexander Frei, who has five goals in the competition, it does pose a threat. Ask Manchester United.

BARCELONA
GROUP H WINNERS
VS
BAYER LEVERKUSEN
GROUP E RUNNERS-UP
P
6
W
5
L
0
F
20
A
4
1st place P
16
W
11
L
1
F
50
A
8
3.2
0.5

GROUP RECORD
LEAGUE POS.
LEAGUE RECORD
GOALS PER GAME
CONCEDED AVG.
P
6
W
3
L
2
F
7
A
4
6th place P
16
W
7
L
4
F
22
A
19
1.3
1.0

The reigning European champions head into the last 16 as competition favorites and it is difficult to see anybody stopping them this time around. They comfortably finished seven points clear of fellow giant AC Milan to top their group, scoring 20 goals along the way – more than any other team. Lionel Messi is joint top scorer in the competition with six goals and if the mercurial Argentine can keep up his goalscoring exploits, only a fool would bet against Pep Guardiola's men defending their title.

They were not group favorites, but the Bundesliga runners-up did enough to qualify ahead of Valencia and make their long-awaited return to the Champions League knockout rounds. Robin Dutt's side has been somewhat of an anomaly: it could have won its group ahead of Chelsea had it beaten Genk in the final group stage match, but did manage to edge the English side 2-1 in their penultimate fixture, a result that ensured its passage to the round of 16. Bayer Leverkusen now heads into uncharted waters, but with a good draw, may well advance. It would not be the first time a modest Bundesliga side turned heads in Europe's elite tournament.

REAL MADRID
GROUP D WINNERS
VS
CSKA MOSCOW
GROUP B RUNNERS-UP
P
6
W
6
L
0
F
19
A
2
2nd place P
15
W
12
L
2
F
50
A
13
3.3
0.7

GROUP RECORD
LEAGUE POS.
LEAGUE RECORD
GOALS PER GAME
CONCEDED AVG.
P
6
W
2
L
2
F
9
A
8
4th place P
32
W
15
L
5
F
57
A
33
1.7
1.1


Jose Mourinho's men appear to have stepped up their game this campaign and look in great shape to wrestle the Champions League trophy off bitter rival Barcelona. Madrid breezed through its group and is the only side left in the competition with a perfect record. With Cristiano Ronaldo scoring for fun and with Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema looking sharp despite taking it in turns to play, there are mass amounts of goals in this team. Everyone knows the club is desperate to win its record 10th European cup. Could this be the year?

The Russians triumphed versus 2010 winner Inter at San Siro to reach the last 16, but only Lyon qualified with such a low point total as the Moscovites. Injuries to key individuals such as Keisuke Honda, Igor Akinfeev and Tomas Necid have forced coach Leonid Slutskiy to use the full extent of his squad, but the club managed to keep pace with leaders Zenit St Petersburg in the RPL, with the campaign continuing until next spring. Striker Seydou Doumbia is second only to Mario Gomez and Messi in the Champions League scoring charts, netting five goals in as many appearances.

BENFICA
GROUP C WINNERS
VS
ZENIT
GROUP G RUNNERS-UP
P
6
W
3
L
0
F
8
A
4
2nd place P
12
W
9
L
0
F
25
A
10
1.8
0.8

GROUP RECORD
LEAGUE POS.
LEAGUE RECORD
GOALS PER GAME
CONCEDED AVG.
P
6
W
2
L
1
F
7
A
5
1st place P
32
W
18
L
2
F
61
A
23
1.8
0.7

Benfica went one better than last season in UEFA’s most prestigious club competition and managed to progress beyond the group stage. Its group was not exactly the biggest challenge they could encounter, but Jorge Jesus’ men showed some composure against Manchester United and, more importantly, they showed they now have the experience in big competitions they lacked in 2010-11. Inspired by in-form Nicolas Gaitan, who is the top provider in the competition, and veteran playmaker Pablo Aimar, Benfica is expected to reach the quarterfinals in case of a favorable draw.

A superb goalless draw in Porto allowed Luciano Spalletti's side to progress from what was a difficult group on matchday six. Domestically, the extended Russian season hasn't deterred the Italian and his impressive squad from emerging as odds-on favorite to retain its RPL title, and is currently ahead of rival CSKA Moscow in the standings. This will be Zenit's debut in the knockout stages, but with impressive talents such as Danny, club legend Vyacheslav Malafeev and top goalscorer Aleksandr Kerzhakov, it is a team capable of being this season's surprise package.

INTER
GROUP B WINNERS
VS
MARSEILLE
GROUP F RUNNERS-UP
P
6
W
3
L
2
F
8
A
7
7th place P
14
W
6
L
6
F
17
A
18
1.3
1.3

GROUP RECORD
LEAGUE POS.
LEAGUE RECORD
GOALS PER GAME
CONCEDED AVG.
P
6
W
3
L
2
F
7
A
4
8th place P
17
W
6
L
4
F
22
A
16
1.3
0.9

Just like their domestic season, Inter’s European campaign started dreadfully, the Nerazzurri losing 1-0 at home to Trabzonspor in their Group B opener. However, then-coach Gian Piero Gasperini was fired soon after and the arrival of Claudio Ranieri has resulted in a gradual improvement in the San Siro outfit’s fortunes. Indeed, they sealed top spot in their pool with a round to spare, which was just as well as Inter were beaten by CSKA Moscow at the Giuseppe Meazza on matchday 6, underlining that without serious investment in January – in every area - this Inter side has no chance of emulating the treble winners of 2010.

French champions in 2010, Didier Deschamps’ side has found the going tough this season and find itself in the heart of the Ligue 1 standings. Life in the Champions League has been just as complicated, as OM needed a stunning comeback in the last five minutes against Borussia Dortmund to see a 3-2 victory that carried the Provence side into the knockout stages. At Stade Velodrome, the club had looked fragile, losing late winners against Arsenal and Olympiakos, with the fact that the stadium is under renovation seemingly dampening its notoriously fierce atmosphere. Marseille needs a change of fortunes over the winter period if it is to make an impact in Europe.

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