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Chelsea vs Bayern Munich, Liverpool or Manchester United vs PSG and Man City vs Atletico Madrid… worst possible Champions League draws as Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and co. await Premier League clubs

There’s a very good chance that if you’re reading this you’ve never heard of the name Magomed Ozdoyev, and if you’re a Chelsea fan, you’d be wishing it had stayed that way.

Despite the four English teams making the 2021-22 Champions League group stages look easy, Ozdoyev created by far the biggest drama of the week, with his sublime half-volley upsetting the European champions.

Zenit’s late show gives Chelsea a nasty looking route to the quarter-finals

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Zenit’s late show gives Chelsea a nasty looking route to the quarter-finals

Tuchel won’t be best pleased when he sees the last 19 options

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Tuchel won’t be best pleased when he sees the last 19 options

The Russian’s 94th minute strike meant that Zenit claimed a thrilling 3-3 home point against an injury-hit Chelsea side, sending the Blues into second place behind Juventus in Group H.

And as defending champions, that’s bad news, with Chelsea’s list of possible opponents in the last 16 making for uncomfortable reading, with a trio of dangerous-looking sides waiting in the draw on December 13, including Robert Lewandowski and co. at Bayern Munich.

Chelsea’s possible opponents:
Lille
Bayern Munich
Real Madrid
Ajax

Teams from the same country aren’t allowed to be drawn against each other until the quarter-finals, meaning Chelsea’s options are extremely limited among the first-placed sides.

Chelsea could face a terrifying-looking Bayern side who they have plenty of history against

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Chelsea could face a terrifying-looking Bayern side who they have plenty of history against

Or even Erik ten Hag’s impressive Ajax who look set to go deep in the competition once again

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Or even Erik ten Hag’s impressive Ajax who look set to go deep in the competition once again

Out of the four options, only reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille look like a favourable pathway for the Blues, with the other three options either taking maximum points from their groups, or only just missing out.

German and Dutch league champions Ajax and Bayern Munich made history with a commanding 18 points from 18, while Real Madrid won every game bar one in a group that featured Inter Milan.

Elsewhere, Liverpool and Manchester United will be looking to avoid the runners-up in City’s group, Lionel Messi’s PSG, while names such as Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan will cause a fright.

PSG’s front line might be yet to click, but if they do you wouldn’t want to be standing in their way

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PSG’s front line might be yet to click, but if they do you wouldn’t want to be standing in their way

Simeone’s Atleti aren’t the fright that they used to be, but there’s signs they could be dangerous again

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Simeone’s Atleti aren’t the fright that they used to be, but there’s signs they could be dangerous again

Inter may have lost Conte and Lukaku, but are closing back in on the Serie A lead

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Inter may have lost Conte and Lukaku, but are closing back in on the Serie A lead

Diego Simeone’s Atleti are showing signs of finally coming together after years of big spending, while Antonio Conte’s replacement at Inter, Simone Inzaghi, has just about restored the side to last season’s Serie A-winning standard.

There’s also potential banana skins waiting in Lisbon with Ruben Amorim’s young and rapid Sporting on the rise, while Benfica have finally shown this year they can mix it with the big boys, beating Barcelona to the knockouts.

None of that will distract from PSG though, who, despite sitting top of Ligue 1 by 12 points, continually see questions directed at manager Mauricio Pochettino for a lack of coherent performances.

Poch’s return to France hasn’t been ideal, but things could easily change

Poch’s return to France hasn’t been ideal, but things could easily change

Nevertheless, Pochettino still boasts the frankly ridiculous front line of Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, while the return to fitness of Sergio Ramos shows just how ready this side are to make the next step in Europe.

Manchester City’s possible opponents:
Atletico Madrid
Sporting CP
Inter Milan
Benfica
Villarreal/Atalanta
Salzburg

Liverpool’s possible opponents:
PSG
Sporting CP
Inter Milan
Benfica
Villarreal/Atalanta
Salzburg

Manchester United’s possible opponents:
PSG
Atletico Madrid
Sporting CP
Inter Milan
Benfica
Salzburg

The draw for the last 16 will take place on December 13 in Nyon, Switzerland, and will begin at 11am UK time.

The first legs will be played next year on February 15, 16, 22 and 23 while the second legs will be played on March 8, 9, 15 and 16.

Best and worst case scenarios in the Champions League last 16 for Premier League clubs

Chelsea
Best case: Lille
Worst case: Bayern Munich

Manchester City
Best case: Salzburg
Worst case: Inter Milan

Liverpool
Best case: Benfica
Worst case: PSG

Manchester United
Best case: Sporting
Worst case: PSG

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