- Chelsea have 43.747% chance of facing Barcelona in last 16 of the Champions League.
- Blues have 28.126% chance of locking horns with PSG or Besiktas.
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There may be trouble ahead.
Chelsea are the Premier League champions, we can beat any team on the planet. However, to maximise our chances of tasting success once again in the Champions League, we will all be secretly hoping to swerve PSG and Barcelona and draw Besiktas in the last 16.
However, the odds are stacked against us, as revealed by Twitter user @2010MisterChip. He posted a full graph of the chances each side has of facing each other in the next round – and it may give you trouble sleeping peacefully ahead of Monday’s draw.
Aquí tenéis TODAS LAS PROBABILIDADES de TODOS LOS ENFRENTAMIENTOS que se pueden dar en el sorteo de 1/8 de UCL que se celebrará el lunes. Es el SORTEO MÁS CONDICIONADO EN LA HISTORIA del torneo: Chelsea sólo tiene 3 rivales posibles y un 44% de opciones de jugar contra el Barça. pic.twitter.com/J0kMSjvd4E
— MisterChip (Alexis) (@2010MisterChip) December 6, 2017
As shown in the graph, Chelsea have a 43.747% chance of being drawn with Barcelona in the knockout stages. Both PSG and Besiktas are less likely at just 28.126% as there are more teams they could potentially draw in the next round.
We ought to fear nobody, but Barcelona are unbeaten in La Liga this term, it’d be a tough test for Antonio Conte’s men.