Champions League: 5 Premier League teams qualified for the UCL Last 16: here’s who they may face

For the first time in history, five Premier League teams qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League; these are their likely opponents.

For the first time in the competition’s history, all five English teams have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham defied all odds to emerge as leaders of their group, in place of reigning champions Real Madrid, with a game to spare. Despite losing to Shakhtar Donetsk in their final group game, Manchester City also qualified top of their group.

Liverpool’s heavy 7–0 win over Spartak Moscow and Manchester United’s comeback victory over CSKA Moscow ensured both teams finished as group leaders.

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Chelsea’s head-to-head record against Roma means that Antonio Conte’s side are the only English team to finish as group runners-up, despite finishing level on 11 points with the Italian side.


As usual, clubs which finished first in their groups will be seeded and drawn against a second-placed team in the knockout stages.

Teams from the same country, or from the same group, cannot be drawn against each other.

Third-placed teams move into the Europa League.

Fourth-placed teams, well, they go home to concentrate on local championships.

While Chelsea will now be wary of facing strong opposition, the other English sides also stand a chance of facing one of the stronger sides who finished second in their groups, such as Real Madrid, Bayern and Juventus.

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Based on the existing rules and the permutations from the group stage standings, here are the likely opponents that English teams could face in the next round of the Champions League.


Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto or Real Madrid.

Chelsea: Paris St-Germain, Barcelona or Besiktas.

Liverpool: Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto or Real Madrid.

Manchester City: Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Porto or Real Madrid.

Tottenham: Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk or Porto.

The Champions League knockout draw will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, 11 December 2017.

It will start at 11.00 GMT. The Europa League draw will follow immediately after at 12.00 GMT.

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