After recording a 3-1 win over AS Monaco earlier in the week to book a spot in the UEFA Youth League last-16, we take a look at the line-up and who the young Blues could face in the draw.
When is the UEFA Youth League draw?
The draw takes place at UEFA headquarters in Switzerland tomorrow (Friday) at 1pm UK time. Last-16 ties will be played in the week commencing 11 March 2019.
How did Chelsea get there?
Joe Edwards’s side entered the Under-19 competition in the Domestic Champions Pathway for the first time courtesy of our youth team winning the Under-18 Premier League last season. This path was introduced in 2015 to allow the domestic youth champions of the 32 best-ranked UEFA associations to take part in the competition, if they were not already involved through the UEFA Champions League route.
The first two rounds saw us pitted against Molde and then IF Elfsborg in two-legged knockout ties, with the Norwegians dispatched 14-1 on aggregate and the Swedes beaten 9-0 over two matches. The eight teams advancing from this side of the draw then hosted the group stage runners-up in a one-off tie earlier this week.
A measured performance from the Blues earned a 3-1 victory over Monaco, with Charlie Brown’s brace taking him to 11 goals for the season in the competition.
What will happen?
The eight group stage winners plus eight teams advancing from the play-off round will comprise the last-16 draw. There is no seeding and no country protection, though teams from the same UEFA Champions League path group cannot meet again at this stage. The quarter-final, semi-final and final draws will also be made so each club’s path to the final is mapped out.
Who can we draw?
The Blues can draw any of the remaining 15 sides home or away, including fellow English contenders Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham. Further afield, our longest trip could take us on a 3,000-mile round journey to the Ukrainian capital to face Dynamo Kiev. There could be a repeat of last year’s semi-final if we are drawn against Porto, or the final if we are paired with Barcelona.
The last-16 in full:
- Atletico Madrid
- Dinamo Zagreb
- Dynamo Kiev
- Hertha Berlin
- Manchester United
- Real Madrid