CHELSEA might face Barcelona in a tasty Champions League last-16 conflict.
The Blues stormed to the highest of Group E to offer themselves the most effective probability of progressing to the quarter-finals.
Chelsea might face Barcelona in a nightmare Champions League last-16 drawCredit score: AP:Related Press
Barcelona slipped to second of their group after being thrashed by JuventusCredit score: Reuters
Frank Lampard masterminded Chelsea‘s path to the highest spot by getting the higher of Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes – going undefeated in a probably difficult group.
However because of Barcelona slipping to second in Group G, Chelsea may very well be paired with Lionel Messi in Co within the last-16.
Barca’s 3-0 drubbing by the hands of Juventus of their ultimate group sport meant their horror begin to 2020-21 continued.
Not solely are they languishing down in ninth in LaLiga, they now should face a Champions League group stage winner if they’re to progress in Europe.
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We carried out a mock last-16 draw – and would not you already know it, Chelsea drew Barcelona in a repeat of the 2017-18 last-16… and well-known 2011-12 semi-final, received by the Blues in dramatic style.
The Blues misplaced their most-recent two-legger with Barca – slipping to a 4-1 combination defeat three seasons in the past.
However they are going to fancy their possibilities in opposition to Ronald Koeman’s facet who’re in disarray in 2020, struggling on the pitch and wrestling with political drama off it.
Whereas Manchester United had been eradicated from the Champions League after slipping to their in Group H after dropping 3-2 to RB Leipzig, there are nonetheless TWO different English hopes.
SUNSPORT’S MOCK CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST-16 DRAW SIMULATION
Sevilla vs MAN CITY
Lazio vs Actual Madrid
Atletico Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
Atalanta vs Bayern Munich
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Juventus
RB Leipzig vs LIVERPOOL
Barcelona vs CHELSEA
Porto vs PSG
Liverpool, winners in 2019, topped their group with one sport to spareCredit score: EPA
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds had been additionally handed a difficult last-16 conflict in our simulation, too.
Liverpool had been paired with RB Leipzig after the Germans completed second of their group, behind solely Paris Saint-Germain in what was earlier on dubbed the ‘Group Of Demise’.
In the meantime, Pep Guardiola and Co had been partnered with Sevilla in our mock draw.
The Spanish giants have loved large success in Europe previously decade or so.
Man Metropolis topped their group as they goal to win their first Champions LeagueCredit score: Alamy Stay Information
However Sevilla so typically slip into the Europa League after ending third of their group and go on to win it.
Sevilla have solely reached the Champions League – or European Cup – quarter-finals TWICE of their existence, most-recently in 2017-18 once they had been knocked out by Bayern Munich.
In one other juicy tie in our mock draw, Borussia Dortmund had been handed a tricky last-16 conflict with Atletico Madrid.
Actual Madrid drew Lazio, Bayern Munich had been drawn with Lazio, Juventus got Borussia Monchengladbach and PSG had been handed a tie with Porto.