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Chelsea receives favourable Champions League draw

───   MORGAN PIEK 08:30 Tue, 14 Dec 2021

Chelsea receives favourable Champions League draw | News Article
Chelsea vs. Lille - AP

The defending champions, Chelsea, will fancy their draw for the UEFA Champions League last 16. On Monday an error led to the entire draw to be redone and this sees the Blues up against the French outfit, Lille, at home.

Liverpool was set to face Salzburg, but now that will be up against the much tougher Inter Milan away.

The draw sees Manchester United having to travel - they will face Atletico Madrid. The English Premiership champions and reigning runners-up, Manchester City, will also travel, but to face Sporting Lisbon.

City boss, Pep Guardiola, shared his view on the draw.

“It’s going to happen again; I think that’s fair. It was a mistake.

“These kinds of things sometimes happen, especially the players and managers, so sometimes UEFA too. We are going to wait.

“Like I always said I am more than satisfied to be a part of that. I think it makes sense. So, there are no suspicions.

“All the opponents are tough. Some say one is better than the other but all are difficult.”

The first legs will be played on 15-16 February and 22-23 February.

Champions League last 16 draw:

Red Bull Salzburg vs. Bayern Munich

Sporting Lisbon vs. Manchester City

Benfica vs. Ajax Amsterdam

Chelsea vs. Lille

Atletico Madrid vs. Manchester United

Villarreal vs. Juventus

Inter Milan vs. Liverpool

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Madrid


Morgan Piek/OFM Sport

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