David Beckham is set to return to Old Trafford after Manchester United were drawn with AC Milan on Friday for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Chelsea were drawn against ex-manager Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan as two former heroes of English football are set for emotional returns to their old clubs. Related article: Italians bitter at draw
England midfielder Beckham, who won the Champions League with United in 1999 before joining Real Madrid in 2003, will return to Milan in January for a second loan spell from Los Angeles Galaxy.
Beckham has not yet come up against the club where he made his name, with his return set for March 10.
United's director of communications Phil Townsend was pleased with the draw. "It will be fantastic," he told Sky Sports News.
"I think everyone at Old Trafford will be absolutely delighted, it's what the Champions League is all about.
"He (Beckham) will get a fantastic reception, as players coming back usually do at Manchester United. He was a terrific servant for the club and we all hope he will be playing."
Teddy Sheringham, who scored for United in their 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich, said of Beckham: "He'll be getting fit for that tie, he will want to play in that and go back to Manchester United, take all the adulation - and turn Manchester United over as well!"
Ex-England striker Sheringham added Beckham would receive a hero's reception.
"Without a doubt, he was a top player, an icon, the supporters will love him coming back to say his goodbyes and see him on the pitch."
Mourinho, who famously dubbed himself the 'Special One' when he guided Chelsea to Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, left the London club early in the 2007/2008 season. He will return to Stamford Bridge on March 16.
"It's fantastic, it was the talk when we arrived here this morning and it's happened," said Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay. "It's fantastic for the fans and for neutrals and it will be quite spectacular, I'm sure.
"I'm sure Jose will get a fantastic reaction from our fans. But at the end of the day he is the opposition and we'll look to go through over the two games."
Inter forward Luis Figo said of fellow Portuguese Mourinho's return: "He must be happy to return to a place he was so successful and spent a very good time.
"On both sides I think it will be a great return for him and I hope at the end we can be much more happy than Chelsea."
Arsenal face Portuguese side Porto as all three English clubs play the first leg of their ties away from home after winning their groups.
Arsenal secretary David Miles believes manager Arsene Wenger will be satisfied with drawing Porto.
"I think he will be relatively pleased," he said. "We have played Porto three times in four seasons so they are a team we know well."
Spanish clubs avoided the big names with reigning champions Barcelona drawn against German side Stuttgart and Real Madrid up against French club Lyon.
Real are top scorers in the Champions League having put 15 goals past their opponents, nine of them credited to Cristiano Ronaldo.
"It's an awesome team, they're a machine, we saw them against Olympique Marseille," said Lyon executive and former coach Bernard Lacombe.
"It was impressive because when it starts to unwind, their confidence starts to build, with the individual talent, and that's difficult to stop. But with football you never know."
"It's awesome for the crowd, it's good for our club. Our supporters will have an extraordinary evening at the Gerland stadium, where we've caused lots of trouble before, even for the greats," Lacombe said.
German giants Bayern Munich meet Serie A club Fiorentina and CSKA Moscow were drawn with Spanish club Sevilla.
"That's a team we can handle. But in any case we mustn't underestimate them," said Bayern chairman Karl Heinz Rummenigge.
"I'm not unhappy, it could have been tougher," said coach Louis van Gaal on the club's website.
Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido admitted that the greatest danger for his side would be the freezing Moscow weather.
"We're satisfied with this draw. I think the biggest handicap for Sevilla will be the cold, we could play in temperatures of minus 18," said del Nido.