Manchester United best and worst case scenario for Champions League knockout stage

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2017

ManchesterUnited, PSG, Roma and Barcelona will be the seeded teams from Groups A-D, while Liverpool, ManchesterCity, Besiktas and Tottenham are the seeded teams from Groups E-H.

The Champions League last-16 draw will take place in Nyon on Monday, December 11 at 11am GMT.

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.

Teams from the same group or country can not be drawn against each other, limiting some of the potential match-ups in the first knockout stage.


Zinedine Zidane's team could face teams like Manchester City headed by Pep Guardiola, Paris Saint-Germain led by the "Galacticos" Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Manchester United headed by Jose Mourinho and Liverpool of Salah and Coutinho. It's the first time since 2006-07 that England advanced four teams as group winners.

"For now it's time to focus on the Premier League, on the Carabao Cup and FA Cup that we will start in January, and when the Champions League is back in February we will see how we are".

Cesar Azpilicueta is aiming to put the disappointment of Chelsea's failure to top their Champions League group behind him and focus on the Blues' domestic commitments.

Conte reckons it will take a special effort to be crowned Europe's top dog, despite beating the odds in the Premier League last season.


Placing five teams in the Champions League knockout rounds (nearly a third of the participants) is an outstanding feat. Everton, though, failed to reach the group stages, losing in controversial fashion to Villarreal in the third qualifying phase.

No English club has won the Champions League since 2012, suggesting the league has been passed up at the top levels, but there's no doubting the depth at the top possessed by the EPL.

Accordingly, both the sides are aware of the club they could potentially be up against in the final 16.


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