The three most exciting teams of the Champions League group stage

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night which let AS Roma overtake them in the table.

The result means that Antonio Conte's team surrendered top spot in Group C to Roma and could now face a daunting prospect in the knockout stages. The only other restrictions are that teams from the same country can not be drawn together at this stage, and teams from the same group can not meet.

Scottish champions Celtic will also be in the Europa League draw after finishing third ahead of Anderlecht on head-to-head record but they were both well behind eventually qualifiers Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

Group winners are drawn against second place sides and play away first, with the second legs at home.

So why are Chelsea destined to play Barcelona?

Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scored in a two-minute spell in the second half to seal victory at Old Trafford after a contentious goal for CSKA on the stroke of half-time off the back of Alan Dzagoev.

Next Up: Chelsea travel to West Ham on Saturday.

"It's not a problem who we get, we are Chelsea".

If Liverpool do secure top spot that makes things even trickier for Chelsea.

Davide Zappacosta had the first shot of the match but his effort sailed over the bar while Alvaro Morata's strike curled just wide of Jan Oblak's goal.

Causing Atletico all manner of problems, Morata nearly caught out Oblak with a dipping strike from wide on the left that had the keeper scrambling to save.

No country has ever had five clubs in the knockout stage with the previous best being four from the same nation - achieved on several occasions by England, Spain and Germany.

Christensen should have equalised from a Cesc Fabregas cross 10 minutes later, but the Chelsea defender somehow headed wide of the open goal. There was more angst to come for Chelsea in the closing minutes when Willian missed a sitter before Michy Batshuayi's stinging strike whistled wide.

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