Champions League quartet transfer to Europa League

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

Manchester United won Group A with 15 points, but even FC Basel earned 12 to finish second.

Manchester United, Roma and Paris Saint-Germain topped their groups to move on to round 16 in the UEFA Champions League late Tuesday. Real Madrid are also confirmed to finish second and will be joined by three more sides - now scheduled to be Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto.

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

But when the group stage draw came out, we noted the great opportunity Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool were given thanks to delectably easy groups.

Teams that already met in the same group or are from the same country can not be drawn against each other on Monday.

Whereas the Blues had to settle for a runners-up spot, finishing behind Roma in Group C, owing to the fact that the Londoners' final match ended as a draw against Atletico Madrid. That means Chelsea can not play Roma.

If Real are going to buck current form and win a third straight European crown, they'll need Ronaldo to extend his season-leading tally of nine Champions League strikes. Both teams are through to round 16.

Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Besiktas are amongst the opposition that Chelsea can face, but Azpilicueta isn't too anxious about his side's second-placed finish.

On the other hand, Italy's A.S. Roma has advanced to the round of 16 as group winners along with Paris St-Germain, despite their 1-3 defeat in Munich.

Serie A high-flyers Napoli dropped into the Europa League as Shakhtar Donetsk's victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City rendered their 2-1 loss at Feyenoord effectively a dead rubber.

Over the past five years, though, Premier League clubs have found it much more hard to make much headway in the competition.

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