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After a hiatus of over two months, the UEFA Champions League returns with the last 16 first legs, starting Tuesday.

The group stages of the Champions League 2015-16 was its usual crazy self, and with the dust now pretty much settled, all the big teams will turn their focus back to the biggest prize in club football.

One of the first matches of the round of 16 is a pretty big one, with Paris Saint-Germain hosting 2012 champions Chelsea. The two teams have met in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League in the last two seasons, with Chelsea running out winners a couple of seasons ago, while PSG got the better of the London side last campaign.

The other three matches of the last 16 first leg this week will see Benfica host Zenit St. Petersburg, Real Madrid travel to Rome to face Roma and Gent play Wolfsburg in Belgium.

Benfica vs Zenit St. Petersburg is a last 16 tie that really could go either way, and the Portuguese side will want to take away a first leg lead from their home fixture.

Real Madrid will fancy their chances against Roma, even if the Italians have found some form in the recent past, while Wolfsburg will start favourites against the unfancied Gent.

The other four last 16 first leg matches will be played next Tuesday and Wednesday, and the two games on February 23 are certainly going to be interesting.

Arsenal host Barcelona, knowing full well the task at hand in getting something out of the game against the defending champions, while Bayern Munich will know they will need to be at the top of their game to trip up last year's finalists Juventus.

Manchester City, after finally sealing top place in the group stages, travel to Ukraine to play Dynamo Kiev, while the final last 16 Champions League encounter will witness PSV Eindhoven host Atletico Madrid, who will fancy their chances of going deep in Europe this season.

PSG vs Chelsea, Arsenal vs Barcelona and Juventus vs Bayern Munich are the marquee clashes of this first leg Champions League round of fixtures, but expect some of the other matches to throw up a fair few "wow" moments as well.

UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg schedule: Match One: PSG vs Chelsea

Date: Tuesday, February 16.

Time: 8.45 pm CET (7.45 pm GMT, 2.45 pm ET, 1.15 am next day IST).

Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris.

Match Two: Benfica vs Zenit St. Petersburg

Date: Tuesday, February 16.

Time: 8.45 pm CET (7.45 pm GMT, 2.45 pm ET, 1.15 am next day IST).

Venue: Estadio da Luz, Lisbon.

Match Three: Gent vs Wolfsburg

Date: Wednesday, February 17.

Time: 8.45 pm CET (7.45 pm GMT, 2.45 pm ET, 1.15 am next day IST).

Venue: KAA Gent Stadium, Ghent.

Match Four: Roma vs Real Madrid

Date: Wednesday, February 17.

Time: 8.45 pm CET (7.45 pm GMT, 2.45 pm ET, 1.15 am next day IST).

Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome.

Match Five: Arsenal vs Barcelona

Date: Tuesday, February 23.

Time: 8.45 pm CET (7.45 pm GMT, 2.45 pm ET, 1.15 am next day IST).

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.

Match Six: Juventus vs Bayern Munich

Date: Tuesday, February 23.

Time: 8.45 pm CET (7.45 pm GMT, 2.45 pm ET, 1.15 am next day IST).

Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin.

Match Seven: Dynamo Kyiv vs Manchester City

Date: Wednesday, February 24.

Time: 8.45 pm CET (7.45 pm GMT, 2.45 pm ET, 1.15 am next day IST).

Venue: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kiev.

Match Eight: PSV Eindhoven vs Atletico Madrid

Date: Wednesday, February 24.

Time: 8.45 pm CET (7.45 pm GMT, 2.45 pm ET, 1.15 am next day IST).

Venue: Philips Stadion, Eindhoven.

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