One from three in Champions League
news Wed 6 Dec 2017
The Champions League round of 16 draw will take place on Monday at 11am UK time, with three possible opponents for Chelsea.
With five Premier League teams qualifying from the group stage, the first time for such representation from a single country in the competition’s history, and the quartet of Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham all group winners, it limits Chelsea, as a second-place team, to facing one of the three table-toppers not from England and not Roma from our group.
Therefore we will play either Barcelona, Besiktas or Paris St-Germain, with the first leg at home on either 13, 14, 20 or 21 February, and the second leg away on 6, 7, 13 or 14 March.
Our history with Barcelona has many colourful chapters. It began with a Fairs Cup semi-final in 1966 which needed an extra third game to decide it, and continued with our first Champions League meeting in the quarter-finals of the Blues’ maiden season in the competition. Our total of 12 Champions League games against Barca include a pair of two-legged semi-finals, the most recent of which was our famous encounter on the way to winning the trophy in 2012.
Our PSG past is largely recent, as having faced each other in the group stage in 2004, the subsequent tale of these two capital city clubs is locking horns in the knockout stages of Chelsea’s past three Champions League campaigns.
We have been drawn against Besiktas just once, in the group stage in 2003/04, although the away match took place in Germany rather than Istanbul due to security concerns.
Here are all the qualified teams: