Antonio Conte puts top four first for Chelsea after Barcelona draw


Speaking of the Champions League, Liverpool (and the 15 other clubs remaining in the competition) found out their fate as the Ping Pong Balls of Destiny™ were drawn in Nyon, Switzerland, assisted by one of the players to last help Liverpool lift the Big Ears, Xabi Alonso.

There will also be a meeting between the two most recent Europa League winners as Manchester United face Sevilla.

Fans across the globe may worry about the times to come, but it is worth remembering that Chelsea are no strangers to creating Champions League history.

Champions League favourites City, who have never won the competition, are on a 14-match winning streak in the Premier League and they were only denied a ideal record in the group stage when a much-changed side lost 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk in their final match.

Chelsea are 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City while just four points separate the Blues from seventh-placed Burnley.

The opening ties are scheduled for the 13th and 14th, with the return legs to be played a week later.

The Blues were the only English club not to progress to the last-16 as group winners and, now third in the Premier League, are struggling to find the consistency that took them to the league title previous year. This is a semifinal-worthy tie between the two-time reigning champions of this competition and PSG, the team that has dumped unfathomable amounts of shady oil money in an effort to become the new Real Madrid. Five-time winners and current Bundesliga table toppers Bayern Munich drew Turkish giants Besiktas, while last year's beaten finalists Juventus take on Tottenham.

The Blues have won the Premier League in two of the last three seasons.

Barcelona will resume their old Champions League rivalry with Chelsea.