Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Manchester United, Basel, Roma, Juventus into Champions League last 16

Manchester United, Basel, Roma, Juventus into Champions League last 16

Some targets may be more attainable than others, but that won't stop English clubs opening their wallets in the New Year. So United, City and Spurs know they will be up against teams who finished second.

Chelsea will join them in the last 16, but ended up second in their group behind Roma.

Head coach Conte and playmaker Eden Hazard appeared to welcome the prospect of facing Barcelona or PSG, but Cahill insisted his preference would be for such ties to come later in the competition.

Placing five teams in the Champions League knockout rounds (nearly a third of the participants) is an outstanding feat.

But Dortmund, like Atletico and Napoli, was very bad in the Champions League play, only registering two points via draws with APOEL.

Captain Gary Cahill has admitted Chelsea would rather avoid Barcelona and Paris St Germain in the first knock-out round of the Champions League.

Manchester City went through as Group F winners despite their 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk, while Tottenham are also through in first place having wrapped up their group campaign with a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia.

Liverpool (if top): Bayern Munich, Juventus, Basel, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli, Porto or RB Leipzig.

Despite that barrage, Filipe Luis, another Chelsea old boy in the Atletico side, nearly put the Spaniards ahead against the run of play when his long-range shot cannoned back off a post to Koke, who should have done better than head straight at Courtois. However, these rules will not be applicable to the quarter-final stages and onwards.

Morata and substitute Willian wasted outstanding chances to win the game for Antonio Conte's side but Chelsea had to settle for a draw.

They topped Group A ahead of Basel, who clinched second place with a 2-0 victory over Benfica in Lisbon.

The draw for the round of 16 takes place at UEFA's headquarters in Nyom in Switzerland on Monday.

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