Champions League Draw: Who could Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City play?
After a dramatic final round of matches, three English sides have made it through to the knockout stages of the Champions League but whether they can go any further remains to be seen.
This time last year, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City also made it to the last 16 but none could progress any further, meaning there was no Premier League representation in the quarter-finals for the second time in three seasons. To avoid that fate again, much will depend on Monday’s draw which takes place in Nyon at 11am on Monday.
Here’s a summary of which teams could lie in wait for the English clubs.
Olivier Giroud’s heroics against Olympiakos completed Arsenal’s remarkable comeback from losing their first two matches. The reward for all that hard work could see Arsène Wenger’s side face one of three Spanish group winners in the form of Atlético Madrid, holders Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Manchester United’s conquerors Wolfsburg or Zenit St Petersburg appear to offer an easier path to the last eight, although Arsenal supporters will be wary of taking anything for granted after last year’s defeat to unfancied Monaco.
Who they could draw: Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Wolfsburg or Zenit St Petersburg
The Champions League has provided José Mourinho with some welcome respite from Chelsea’s travails in the Premier League and the 2-0 victory over Porto that confirmed them as group winners will have eased the pressure on the Portuguese.
Yet despite seeming confident that his side will still pose a threat to some of the competition’s bigger sides, Mourinho will know they will need to improve to progress, especially if they end up drawing French champions Paris Saint-Germain again after losing to them in the last 16 last season. PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Roma or Ghent appear to offer an easier path to the quarter-finals, although Italian champions Juventus are also potential opponents having finished behind Manchester City in Group D.
Who they could draw: Paris Saint-Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Juventus, Roma or Ghent
The comeback victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach coupled with Sevilla’s win over Juventus on Tuesday meant that City topped their Champions League group for the first time.
Having been soundly beaten by Barcelona in the last 16 last year, Manuel Pellegrini will know this could represent his side’s best chance to reach the quarter-finals. The worst-case scenario would see them pitted against Paris Saint-Germain, with City likely to fancy their chances against any of PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Roma, Dynamo Kyiv or Ghent.
Who they could draw: Paris Saint-Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Roma, Dynamo Kyiv or Gent
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