Champions League: Manchester City to face Real Madrid in last 16 of competition

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Manchester City’s reward for winning their Champions League group was a guaranteed last 16 tie with a team that only finished runners-up. They got Real Madrid. The record 13-time champions will host the first leg on February 26 against the ambitious Premier League title holders, who are trying to win the European Cup for the first time. The match pits Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane against City manager Pep Guardiola. Zidane has won three Champions League titles in three attempts with Madrid, while Guardiola has been seeking his third title for almost a decade after winning twice with Barcelona.LAURENT GILLERON/APPortuguese football legend Luis Figo poses with the Champions League trophy ahead of the last 16 draw. “The only way to be top in Europe is going forward and [playing in] semifinals and finals and winning the Champions League,” City director of football Txiki Begiristain said at UEFA headquarters after Monday’s (Tuesday NZT) draw. READ MORE: * Ozil’s political tweet angers China * Man City hammer hapless Arsenal * Wood’s controversial EPL winner * Klopp commits future to Liverpool City’s best run in the Champions League was reaching the semifinals in 2016, losing 1-0 over two legs to Madrid. That was soon after Zidane took over in Madrid, and just before Guardiola was hired to replace Manuel Pellegrini in Manchester. Also, Liverpool were sent back to the Spanish stadium where th

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