Bestowing solace to their supporters, Manchester United and Chelsea have established their spots in the last 16 of the Champions League, with their respective final group stage matches concluded last night.
The Red Devils finished as winners of their group, with their final fixture being a 2-1 triumph over CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford.
Whereas the Blues had to settle for a runners-up spot, finishing behind Roma in Group C, owing to the fact that the Londoners’ final match ended as a draw against Atletico Madrid.
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Accordingly, both the sides are aware of the clubs they could potentially be up against in the final 16.
Chelsea's possible round of 16 opponents:
— Conteholic (@Conteholic) December 5, 2017
Now confirmed that United can draw Bayern Munich or Juventus in the last 16. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) December 5, 2017
For the record, finishing positions in all eight groups have now been more or less declared, with clubs from the same country unable to draw each other in the second round.
Although Tottenham and City ensured their spot in the last 16, Liverpool, Sevilla, Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk, who are currently in the qualifying positions, would have to see out tonight’s fixtures, as they still can’t snub the likelihood of having to settle with a Europa League spot.
Group Runners Up:
* – Teams who have not yet ensured qualification.
As group winners, United can draw only the runners up of the other seven groups, while Chelsea can only face group winners. So, the chances of both teams facing some of Europe’s biggest sides are massively high.
Depending on the results of tonight’s fixture, Shakhtar Donetsk could be replaced by Napoli, and Porto could be replaced by Red Bull Leipzig. For Spartak Moscow, victory over Liverpool at Anfield will get them through to the final 16.
Written by Hritwik NE
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