UEFA Champions League: Chelsea book Barcelona, PSG face Real Madrid

Juventus v TottenhamTottenham have been handed a tough tie against last season's beaten finalists Juventus after topping a challenging group that included reigning champions Real Madrid.

Pep Guardiola's side may have closed the group stage with a defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk, ending a 20-game winning run, but that first defeat of the season in any competition will do little to hinder a side intent on winning everything this campaign.

The first legs will be played from February 13-21, with the return matches from March 6-14.

Tottenham will face Juventus for the first time while Manchester United and Sevilla have also never met before. Unfortunately, with two unmissable games on, it seems like some other halves will be left disappointed on the day where romance matters most.

For Chelsea fans however, it doesn't stop here... In this case we must be ready to face Barcelona. The match pitting Cristiano Ronaldo against Neymar was possible because Madrid finished as a runner-up in its group. They have outstanding individuals in their ranks, and in the summer the team has been reinforced.

In 16 games when you lose four, in my experience you won't be able to fight for the title. We have to go game by game, play every game with 120% of our strength. Conte has had his team selection closely analysed after making the controversial decision to select out-of-form Tiemoue Bakayoko as well as Davide Zappacosta over the likes of Victor Moses, Pedro and Willian.

Barcelona have been brilliant this season and are top of La Liga whilst Chelsea sit 14 points behind top of the Premier League Manchester City.

So the Premier League can expect at last three clubs to make it into the last eight, setting up the prospect of some heavyweight all-English tussles involving City, United and Liverpool in the quarterfinals.

The tense encounter eventually culminated with Andres Iniesta rifling a last-minute winner into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area to send Barca through to the Rome final, but Chelsea felt aggrieved by the loss, having seen three strong penalty appeals turned down. Chelsea struggled towards the end of the group stages and this could be vital but their fortunes can easily be overturned by their star striker Alvaro Morata who can produce a goal out of nothing. Barcelona should just come out as winners from this with a scoreline similar to 2-1 or 1-0 it will not be an easily win for Barcelona! But Barcelona it is and, with the second-leg away, Chelsea have given themselves a mountain to climb in Catalonia.

Bayern MUnich will play Beşiktaş of Turkey.

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