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Liverpool win means five English teams reach last 16 of Champions League

08 December 2017

The Premier League champions finished second in their group, behind Serie A's Roma with Atletico Madrid in third, and could as a result get a more hard draw with Barca one of the possibilities.

"We are now second, it's OK, so let's think about the Premier League and the Cups".

Chelsea will find out their Champions League opponents for the round of 16 at 11am on December 11 when UEFA conduct the draw.

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.

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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.

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

Premier League clubs enjoyed a sustained period of success in continental competition between 2005-2012 when there were eight English Champions League finalists in as many years with Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, all going on to win the competition. The Premier League right now is completely different in the depth of quality in comparison to the other top leagues in Europe. This victory allowed the Catalans to reach the knockout stage of the tournament with first place in the group.

While North London rivals Arsenal have faced a joyless slog through Europa League Group H, Spurs have had a Champions League group stage to remember.

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A tie against either Sevilla or Shakhtar Donetsk might not exactly be the worst either, but could prove to be a potential banana skin for the twenty-time English champions.

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.

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Liverpool win means five English teams reach last 16 of Champions League