Champions League draw: Who can English teams play in the knockout phase?

Champions League draw: Who can English teams play in the knockout phase?

English sides participating in the Champions League this season booked a place in the knockout stage, following Chelsea and Liverpool's progression on Tuesday night. 

The duo joins Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur who qualified in match-day five of the competition, once again underlining the league's strength in Europe following last season's success. 

Liverpool finished top of Group E ahead of Italian side Napoli, while Pep Guardiola's Manchester City marched to the knockout stage atop Group C. 

Chelsea and Tottenham qualified as runners up in Group H and C respectively, behind Valencia and Bayern Munich. 

Attention for the English clubs now shift to the knockout stage draw, with London clubs bracing for the worst as they might come up against tougher opponents. 

Seeded teams

  • Barcelona (ESP)
  • Bayern Munich (GER)
  • Juventus (ITA)
  • Liverpool (ENG)
  • Manchester City (ENG)
  • PSG (FRA)
  • RB Leipzig (GER)
  • Valencia (ESP) 

Unseeded teams

  • Napoli (ITA)
  • Real Madrid (ESP)
  • Tottenham (ENG)
  • Dortmund (GER)
  • Lyon (FRA)
  • Chelsea (ENG)   
  • TBC - one of Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb or Atalanta
  • TBC - one of Atletico Madrid or Bayer Leverkusen

Who can Premier League sides face in last-16?


Possible opponents; Bayern Munich, Barcelona, PSG, Juventus, and RB Leipzig

Probably favorable - RB Leipzig

Worst case - Barcelona


Potential opponents: Juventus, Barcelona, RB Leipzig, PSG, and Valencia

Probably favorable - Valencia

Worst case - Barcelona


Potential opponents: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon

Favorable opponents - Shakhtar Donetsk

Worst case - Real Madrid 

Manchester City 

Potential opponents: Real Madrid, Napoli, Lyon, Dortmund, and one of Atletico Madrid or Bayer Leverkusen 

Favorable opponents: Lyon

Worst case - Real Madrid