Champions League draw: Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United’s likeliest last-16 opponents

Chelsea have already booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, with one eye on the Blues’ potential opponents in the knockout stage.

Frank Lampard’s side have already secured their passage into the knockouts thanks to collecting 10 points from their four games in Group E.

With qualification already secured, Chelsea will be hoping to go on and win the group which would theoretically give them an easier tie in the next round. The Blues are level on points with Sevilla, so a victory tonight would be ideal.

The draw for the last-16 takes place at UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland on Monday 14 December.

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But as the groups currently stand, who are Chelsea’s likeliest opponents?

The Blues cannot face any other English teams such as Manchester United, Manchester City or Liverpool, who will avoid each other until the quarter-finals at least.

With all the Premier League clubs currently topping their group, they would all have similar potential opponents in the draw if things finished as they are.

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As it stands the potential opponent for all the English clubs from Group A would be Atletico Madrid – but FC Red Bull Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow can still qualify for the knockouts in second spot.

Group B is still up for grabs with Borussia Monchengladbach , Shakhtar Donetsk, Real Madrid and Inter Milan still all potential opponents for the Premier League clubs.

FC Porto would be the option from Group C for Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea if the draw panned out that way. Of course, City cannot draw the Portuguese side again.

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