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Champions League Draw; Chelsea, Man United, others await fate

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With the group stage of this season’s Uefa Champions League done and dusted, teams who made it through to the knockout phase are waiting anxiously to know who they’ll be paired with in the next round.

The Champions League knockout stage draw comes up on Monday, 11th December 2017at 11 am GMT in Nyon, Switzerland.

The rules are clubs cannot play a team from the group from which they qualified until the quarter-finals, and also they cannot meet a team from their own domestic league until the last eight either.

Pot 1 will be made of teams who finished first in their respective groups: Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Roma, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City, Besiktas, Tottenham Hotspur.

Pot 2 will then be made up of teams who were runners-up in their groups: Basel, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Porto, Real Madrid.

Teams from Pot 1 can only meet teams from Pot 2 with the earlier mentioned rules being considered.
So with that,

Manchester United will face Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto or Real Madrid after finishing top of Group A.

Chelsea finished second in Group C and so will face PSG, Barcelona or Besiktas.

Other English teams have the same teams to face possibly as Man United barring the teams who finished second in their respective groups as they all finished top.

The writer is a passionate Man United fan. He has good insights into the world of football especially the English Premier League.