Who could Premier League teams draw in the Champions League?

Kylian Mbappe's fledgling career gained another impressive milestone on Tuesday night

Kylian Mbappe's fledgling career gained another impressive milestone on Tuesday night

That means that even if Liverpool finish second in their group on Wednesday, they will still not play against one of the four Premier League group winners in the last 16.

From that point onwards it is a free draw so group-stage rematches and any all-Premier League clashes could be back on the agenda from that point onwards.

Manager Antonio Conte rotated his side for the victory over the Swans due to the Christmas fixture pile-up and he believes that key players like Hazard and Azpilicueta deserved a rest.

He also made it clear that while the draw options were less than ideal, Chelsea are a big enough club to be able to cope with whatever is thrown at them.

As such, the Blues will now get a more hard draw in the next round of the competition.

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

How does the Champions League last 16 draw work?

With Premier League clubs struggling, La Liga teams have unquestionably taken a stranglehold of the competition, with the past four winners of the competition all hailing from Spain's top flight - Barcelona lifted the trophy in 2015 while Real Madrid won it in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Everton, though, failed to reach the group stages, losing in controversial fashion to Villarreal in the third qualifying phase.

Roma: Bayern Munich, FC Basel, FC Porto, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both progressed all the way through to the final that season with Zinedine Zidane's side triumphing on penalties, but Sevilla and Valencia crashed out in the groups.

Real Madrid faces a tough draw against a possible tough rival in the 16th round of the UEFA Champions League as they placed second in their group which is led by Tottenham Hotspur.

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