Following a thrilling 3-3 draw with Zenith on Wednesday night, Chelsea had to settle for second place in Group H behind Juventus in the UEFA Champions league.
As it is widely known by now, the Blues have put themselves in a tight spot as they could face a host of difficult oppositions in the round of 16.
The rules of the competitions states that clubs from the same country cannot be drawn for the round of 16, meaning Chelsea will not meet any of the the three English teams who topped their group.
Manchester City who topped Group A, Liverpool who topped Group B and Manchester United who topped Group F are all exempted from the list of teams who could face Chelsea but that does not rule out the fact that there are big teams awaiting.
Last year’s semi finalist Real Madrid were winners of Group D and are potential match for the Blues so are Bayern Munich.
However, the odds of facing a tougher opposition if they had finished in first place was very much possible.
If Chelsea had finished first…
The Blues would have faced similarly strong opponents if they had finished first. While PSG may not be the most formidable units in the competition, a match up against Tuchel’s former employers would have been tricky.
PSG finished second in Group A behind Manchester City and could have faced Chelsea in what would have been a difficult night for the defenders.
The trio of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar would certainly have caused a lot of problems for the Blues.
Like PSG, Chelsea could have faced Atletico Madrid who progressed alongside Liverpool in what was easily a group of death.
While Simeone’s men are having a difficult time this season, they would have been proved a stubborn opposition for Chelsea and would have been more than motivated for a revenge after the Blues defeated them en route to their title triumph last season.
The Blues just need not to moan
The Blues certainly need not to be disappointed or moan over finishing second place. The most important thing will be to be prepared and take every game as and when it comes if they are to defend their title.
All you need to know about the upcoming Uefa Champions League last-16 draw
The final 16 contestants to raise the European Cup are known following Wednesday’s final day of group stage matches in the UEFA Champions League.
Well, mostly. Atalanta and Villarreal was postponed because of snow, and one of those two will join the 15 qualifiers in the final round.
Defending champions Chelsea are one of eight-seeded teams for the Round of 16 draw, which separates teams from the same nation as well as teams who qualified out of the same group.
It’s going to be a knockout round without Barcelona, something the Champions League hasn’t witnessed since 2003-04.