Premier League quintet to learn Champions League fate
Five English clubs have created history by qualifying for last-16
Neymar: part of a formidable PSG attack which also includes Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
The Blues finished second behind Roma in their group and along with the Serie A side, they are also ineligible to face their Premier League rivals.
The two Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Tottenham all finished top of their groups, meaning Chelsea can only be paired with either the French or Turkish champions, or the current La Liga leaders.
Chelsea did not qualify for last season’s Champions League but their interest in the competition was ended by PSG in the previous two editions, although they eliminated Barca en route to the 2012 title in the last meeting between the teams.
For the four remaining English clubs, five-time champions Bayern Munich and last year’s runners-up Juventus are stand-out dangers, while reigning champions Real Madrid are potential foes for United, City and Liverpool.
Tottenham surprisingly finished ahead of the 12-time champions in the group en route to qualifying for the knockout stages for only the third time in their history, meaning they avoid Zinedine Zidane’s men for the time being.
Real defeated United in the European Super Cup earlier this year and have knocked the Red Devils out of the Champions League on three occasions since the turn of the century.
Liverpool defeated Real in the 1981 European Cup final and memorably defeated them 5-0 on aggregate in the last 16 eight years ago. City are winless in their four meetings with Spain’s capital club in the last five years.
They could be paired alongside Real – third favourites behind Manchester City – in what would be indisputably the tie of the round.
The draw for the last 32 of the Europa League will be conducted an hour later, and Arsenal, the only remaining English team in the competition, could face Scottish champions Celtic.
They will also be kept away from CSKA Moscow, Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig and Sporting Lisbon, the four best third-placed teams in the Champions League group stages.