An unprecedented FIVE English Premier League teams will be in the draw for the UEFA European Champions League knock-out stages on Monday. This is the first time in the competition's history that five English sides have made it this far in the competition, and gives England a real chance of having their first winner of Europe's top tournament since Chelsea in 2012.
Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City all qualified for the group stages automatically because of their league position, while Manchester United qualified too by winning the UEFA Europa League. Liverpool qualified for the play-off round then made it into the group stages by beating German side 1899 Hoffenheim over two legs. All five teams then breezed through the group stages, with only Chelsea failing to win their group and then only narrowly, losing out to Roma on head-to-head record.
Group Winners: Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City, Besiktas, Tottenham Hotspur.
Monday's draw will take place at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, commencing at 11am. The eight group winners will be in one pot, and the eight group runners-up will be in another. Each winner will be drawn against a runner-up in a straight knock-out tie over two legs. None of the English teams can be drawn against Chelsea, as the rules stipulate that teams from the same country cannot be drawn against each other in the last sixteen.
Group Runners-up: Basel, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto, Real Madrid.
Additionally, teams cannot be drawn against teams they played in the group stages, which means Manchester United cannot meet Basel, Chelsea cannot meet Roma, Liverpool cannot meet Sevilla, Manchester City cannot meet Shakhtar Donetsk and Tottenham cannot meet Real Madrid.
There are really no easy ties at this stage of the competition, but no doubt the English teams will hope to avoid Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid. Tottenham and Manchester City are trying to winning the trophy for the first time in their history, joining Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Nottingham Forest and Arsenal as English winners of the European Cup/Champions League.
The first legs of the knock-out stages will take place on 13, 14, 20 and 21 February and the second legs on 6, 7, 13, 14 March.