Champions League last-16 draw simulated with Chelsea landing nightmare clash against Lionel Messi's Barcelona
CHELSEA could face Barcelona in a tasty Champions League last-16 clash.
The Blues stormed to the top of Group E to give themselves the best chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.
Frank Lampard masterminded Chelsea's route to the top spot by getting the better of Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes – going undefeated in a potentially tricky group.
But thanks to Barcelona slipping to second in Group G, Chelsea could be paired with Lionel Messi in Co in the last-16.
Barca's 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Juventus in their final group game meant their horror start to 2020-21 continued.
Not only are they languishing down in ninth in LaLiga, they now must face a Champions League group stage winner if they are to progress in Europe.
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We performed a mock last-16 draw – and wouldn't you know it, Chelsea drew Barcelona in a repeat of the 2017-18 last-16… and famous 2011-12 semi-final, won by the Blues in dramatic fashion.
The Blues lost their most-recent two-legger with Barca – slipping to a 4-1 aggregate defeat three seasons ago.
But they will fancy their chances against Ronald Koeman's side who are in disarray in 2020, struggling on the pitch and wrestling with political drama off it.
While Manchester United were eliminated from the Champions League after slipping to their in Group H after losing 3-2 to RB Leipzig, there are still TWO other English hopes.
SUNSPORT’S MOCK CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST-16 DRAW SIMULATION
Sevilla vs MAN CITY
Lazio vs Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
Atalanta vs Bayern Munich
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Juventus
RB Leipzig vs LIVERPOOL
Barcelona vs CHELSEA
Porto vs PSG
Both Liverpool – 2018-19 tournament winners – and Manchester City, hunting their first-ever Champions League crown, topped their respective groups.
Jurgen Klopp's Reds were also handed a tricky last-16 clash in our simulation, too.
Liverpool were paired with RB Leipzig after the Germans finished second in their group, behind only Paris Saint-Germain in what was earlier on dubbed the 'Group Of Death'.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola and Co were partnered with Sevilla in our mock draw.
The Spanish giants have enjoyed huge success in Europe in the past decade or so.
But Sevilla so often slip into the Europa League after finishing third in their group and go on to win it.
Sevilla have only reached the Champions League – or European Cup – quarter-finals TWICE in their existence, most-recently in 2017-18 when they were knocked out by Bayern Munich.
In another juicy tie in our mock draw, Borussia Dortmund were handed a tough last-16 clash with Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid drew Lazio, Bayern Munich were drawn with Lazio, Juventus were given Borussia Monchengladbach and PSG were handed a tie with Porto.
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