'Yes, the pressure was off because they had already qualified for the Champions League group stages, and, yes, Pep Guardiola made seven changes to rest some of his big names.
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The fact that they cannot play Real Madrid again in the next round probably gives them the most favourable list of potential opponents.
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What that means is that, unlike day the FA Cup draw where the chances of drawing any team are equal, the probability of facing certain clubs in the draw is actually weighted. The Blues became the first holders to exit at the group stage the following season, responding to win the 2013 Europa League.
First legs will take place on February 13/14 and 20/21, with the second legs coming on March 6/7 and 13/14. We should top the group but it's a good draw, Atletico are very strong. Only twice since 2012 have teams even reached the semifinals: Chelsea, two years after its 2012 title win, and Manchester City in 2016. Despite a fifth loss in six group games, they limp into the Europa League in the new year. It seemed a pivotal moment in the game and manager Enrique Valverde agreed, calling it an "extraordinary stop". The rules of the process also state teams that finished first in their group will face teams that finished second in other groups. He put in a characteristic all-action performance in general play, too; could his next Champions League game, as per recent rumours, be in Manchester United's colours? Atletico coach Simeone, however, was relatively upbeat as he looked ahead to the Europa League.
Significantly constrainedWho else but Duncan Castles could have written this paragraph (on Yahoo) about Manchester United needing a central midfielder in January?
The draw gets underway at 12pm CET, so that's 11am here in the UK. Goals shouldn't be a problem.
Only Paris Saint-Germain, with 25 goals, eclipsed Liverpool's haul of 23 in the six group-stage games and appears the greatest threat to English ambitions. A group winner will face a runner-up in the last-16.
"Their goalkeeper was on fire".
Special mentions: There's been unusually little fanfare around them this season, but Barcelona have also been brilliant.
Chelsea drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night to relinquish the lead in Group C and finish as runners-up to Roma.
In Group H, Tottenham have already finished top, with Real Madrid second place three points behind. There's the attacking potency provided by Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.
Or they would be if we didn't know that Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, John Stones and Kyle Walker - who all started England's last meaningful competitive game - were all either rested or injured in midweek.
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