Having been the only Premier League side to finish as runners-up in the group stages, Chelsea were handed a hugely unfavourable tie at yesterday’s Champions League draw, and will face Catalan giants Barcelona in the Round of 16. To make matters worse, Antonio Conte’s side must face Barca, either side of two massive Premier League clashes with Manchester United and Manchester City.
Tottenham were also given some bad news – they face Serie A champions Juventus, who finished second in Group D behind Barcelona. Spurs striker Harry Kane will be looking to continue his fantastic European form, but Juve’s no-nonsense defending will provide a tough challenge. Kane has scored six goals in the Champions League so far.
Liverpool drew Portuguese side Porto, who finished second in Group G behind Besiktas. The Reds currently boast a tournament best +17 goal difference, claimed emphatic 7-0 wins over both Maribor and Spartak Moscow. Porto won just three of their six group stage fixtures.
Manchester City will face Swiss side FC Basel, who finished second in Group A with 12 points. The Citizens are considered to have been given the most favourable fixture of the draw; however, they face both Arsenal and Chelsea in the Premier League between their two matches with Basel.
Manchester United are set to take on Spanish side Sevilla. Eduardo Berizzo’s men finished second in Group E, losing just one match, and famously drawing 3-3 with Liverpool having been 3-0 down at half time. United were one of four teams to collect 15 points in the groups stages – with only Spurs (16) collecting more.
Elsewhere in the draw, current champions Real Madrid face a huge match with Paris Saint-Germain. Madrid are hoping to win their 13th Champions League trophy, but with the likes of Neymar, Dani Alves, and Kylian Mbappe all joining over summer, PSG have become a truly formidable European superpower. This could be one of the clashes of the year, and is a fantastic fixture for neutral supporters.
Shakhtar Donetsk will face Roma, who finished above Chelsea in Group C by having a better head-to-head record. Shakhtar finished second to Manchester City in Group F by winning four of their six matches.
German Champions Bayern Munich will take on this year’s dark horses Besiktas, who went undefeated in Group G, finishing above Porto, RB Leipzig, and Monaco.