Who could Premier League teams draw in the Champions League?


Who could Premier League teams draw in the Champions League?

This Tuesday, 16 teams in the UEFA Champions League played their final games of the group stage.

It means Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham all won their groups, while Chelsea came second in Group C.

Jose Mourinho's team enjoyed a good group campaign, recording five wins from their six group games. Real Madrid are also confirmed to finish second and will be joined by three more sides - now scheduled to be Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto.

The Champions League group stage, which reaches its conclusion this week, has once again largely served to emphasise the gulf between Europe's haves and have-nots.

Are there any other restrictions?

Just a reminder that you cannot play opponents from the same country in the last 16 or teams you have played in the group stages.

Diego Simeone's team, twice a finalist in the last four years, must beat Chelsea away and needs Roma to draw or lose against Azerbaijani team Qarabag at home.

Just from looking at the above list, it seems about 50/50 that we'd draw a team we'd rather avoid for as long as possible.

Celtic secured the Europa League spot in the group despite losing 1-0 at home to Anderlecht, on a Jozo Simunovic own goal.

Spurs finished as group winners with holders Real Madrid qualifying as runners-up.

Coming off a devastating loss at home to Juventus in Serie A, the Partenopei must win at Feyenoord tomorrow and hope Manchester City beats Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F.

Liverpool (if second): Roma, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas.

Since the Champions League reverted back to a one group stage format for the 2003-04 season, the Premier League has been allocated four Champions League places, but only on six occasions in the previous 14 years has a full complement of English teams succeeded in qualifying for the next stage.

However, they will be able to face each other in the quarter finals.

And while Tottenham had the best showing in the Champions League group stage of any club, their success domestically has waned, falling to sixth place, four points out the final Champions League berth.

When is the draw and when are the games?

The draw that will take place on Monday (and that we will cover live here at AS English) starts at 12:00 in Nyon, Switzerland.

The first-legs will take place on February 13/14 and 20/21, with the second-leg games due to be played on March 6/7 and 13/14.