Three of the four English sides in the Champions League group stages made it through to the knockout rounds following a dramatic final game.
Liverpool dropped out and into the Europa League, but Man City squeezed through after a 2-0 win in Rome. Chelsea and Arsenal also made it through, the two London clubs securing their passages in more comfortable fashion.
Here are the teams each side could face in Monday’s draw, and who they will hope to avoid!
Through as group winners, Chelsea will certainly be up against a runner-up from the group stages, much to Jose Mourinho’s delight. Of the five potential draws, the Blues will hope to avoid the Blues from Paris and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Barcelona pipped PSG to top spot in their group, which means a tie against France’s premier big spenders could be in the offing. Chelsea managed to outdo PSG earlier this year, despite blowing the first leg and losing 3-1 in France! Mourinho will be more wary this time around as PSG look for revenge if this is the draw.
Chelsea will most want to face Basel or Shakhtar Donetsk, two Champions League newbies who have made a habit of qualifying through the group in recent years. Although Basel are a bogey team for Chelsea, they will still feel confident of progression up against these two. Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus are the two other potential opposition.
We know where this is going – another tie against Bayern Munich. It is inevitable as Arsene Wenger’s side again blew the chance to finish top and earn an easier draw in the next stage. Either that or Arsenal will again stumble against Barcelona. This has happened before to the Gunners, who will surely draw the toughest opponent and cry of how unfair the draw has been again, despite being outplayed but losing in gallant fashion.
Monaco are the side everyone wants, as the organised principality side surprised everyone by finishing top of their group. Porto are another side Arsenal will think they can beat, but will definitely want to avoid both Atletico and Real Madrid!
Another Champions League game, another game the club will struggle to sell all of the tickets for. A rematch against Barcelona would be feisty after what happened last year, although City will take massive confidence from their two wins over Bayern Munich and Roma. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid would pose tough opposition, whilst the club surely couldn’t go through a Champions League campaign without facing Dortmund again.
Porto and Monaco are the sides City want to face, along with everyone else, but the draw has been rather unkind to English sides in recent years so don’t hold your breath!