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IF City, Arsenal and Liverpool all finish 2nd in their group, then our last 16 opponent would be one from:

Group A - Atletico Madrid/Juventus/Olympiacos

Group C - Leverkusen/Monaco/Zenit

Group F - PSG/Barcelona

Group H - Shakhtar Donetsk

Monaco please, we've all been waiting for revenge since 2004

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IF City, Arsenal and Liverpool all finish 2nd in their group, then our last 16 opponent would be one from:

Group A - Atletico Madrid/Juventus/Olympiacos

Group C - Leverkusen/Monaco/Zenit

Group F - PSG/Barcelona

Group H - Shakhtar Donetsk

No doubt we get psg/Barcelona

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No doubt we get psg/Barcelona

Will be tough but don't think we should fear them at all. The worst possible draw we can get from there is Atletico Madrid. Eeeek!

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Will be tough but don't think we should fear them at all. The worst possible draw we can get from there is Atletico Madrid. Eeeek!

I definitely agree. Drawing either Barcelona or PSG will be tough, but we are better then them and their defenses are awful. Plus the fact we will play the second leg at home!

However, Atletico is a team very similar to last season's CFC. Simeone has a strong defence, isnt afraid of playing ugly and has a reputation of getting away results.

Not that we wouldnt/couldnt beat them, but it will surely be harder than to face Barcelona or PSG...

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I definitely agree. Drawing either Barcelona or PSG will be tough, but we are better then them and their defenses are awful. Plus the fact we will play the second leg at home!

However, Atletico is a team very similar to last season's CFC. Simeone has a strong defence, isnt afraid of playing ugly and has a reputation of getting away results.

Not that we wouldnt/couldnt beat them, but it will surely be harder than to face Barcelona or PSG...

We need to hope someone else will knock them out because I think they would beat us again. They know Costa inside out and would easily nullify him, while Cesc isn't mobile enough to deal with their pressing game and Hazard would be triple marked. That's pretty much all of our open-play attacking threats dealt with. Meanwhile our major weakness when playing a defensive system, lapses in concentration from Ivanovic and Hazard, can still be expolited in the same way - long diagonal balls. Imagine also how motivated Simeone, their players and crowd would be after we took 3 of their players. I don't see anything other than an Atletico win.

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We need to hope someone else will knock them out because I think they would beat us again. They know Costa inside out and would easily nullify him, while Cesc isn't mobile enough to deal with their pressing game and Hazard would be triple marked. That's pretty much all of our open-play attacking threats dealt with. Meanwhile our major weakness when playing a defensive system, lapses in concentration from Ivanovic and Hazard, can still be expolited in the same way - long diagonal balls. Imagine also how motivated Simeone, their players and crowd would be after we took 3 of their players. I don't see anything other than an Atletico win.

Correction! Two players...

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End of a long wait for Chelsea
Published: Thursday 4 December 2014, 9.45CET
Champions Matchday recalls Chelsea FC's debut on club football's greatest stage in 1999, 44 years after they turned down the chance to play in the inaugural European Cup.
It was a long 44 years since Chelsea FC had declined the opportunity to enter the inaugural European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1955. But having finished third behind treble winners Manchester United FC and Arsène Wenger's Arsenal FC in 1999, the Londoners finally made their first foray into the UEFA Champions League with a qualifying tie against serial Latvian champions Skonto FC.

Manager Gianluca Vialli was only 35, but he named a team crammed with leaders in the first leg at Stamford Bridge. Indeed, of his starting XI, Dan Petrescu, Didier Deschamps, Gustavo Poyet, Chris Sutton, Dennis Wise, Albert Ferrer and Gianfranco Zola would all become head coaches.

Ferrer, Deschamps and Marcel Desailly had already lifted Europe's biggest prize and nine of the squad, including the manager, had featured in Chelsea's 1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup triumph – not to mention Deschamps, Desailly and Frank Leboeuf's 1998 FIFA World Cup winners' medals.

In a way, Chelsea could be described as the most experienced debutants in European history. For Skonto, it was their fifth time in the competition. They had defeated Luxembourg's AS Jeunesse Esch 10-0 and Romania's FC Rapid Bucureşti 5-4 in the earlier rounds. Aleksandrs Starkovs was the man in charge and the visitors possessed a core of players who would feature for him in Latvia's UEFA EURO 2004 campaign – the country's only major tournament appearance.

Future Skonto chairman Vladimirs Koļeņičenko and Arsenal FC defender Igors Stepanovs were on the bench as the game kicked off in west London, but Juris Laizāns – later part of PFC CSKA Moskva's 2005 UEFA Cup-winning squad – and captain Vitālijs Astafjevs, who would earn more caps than any other European player with 167 for Latvia, both started.

The Blues had an unbeaten European home record spanning 27 matches in the UEFA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup, yet they took a while to click against the Riga-based club. Skonto were reduced to ten men after 33 minutes, but the contest remained scoreless until two substitutes combined with 14 minutes left.

Tore André Flo chested the ball to Celestine Babayaro – who five years earlier had become the youngest-ever UEFA Champions League player while at RSC Anderlecht – and the Nigerian struck low and hard into the net.

Two minutes later Poyet rounded off a fantastic passing move by curling past goalkeeper Aleksandrs Koļinko, before Sutton made it 3-0 with a smart finish on the turn – his first Chelsea goal. Afterwards Vialli said: "I'm happy with that: 3-0 is better than 2-0. We can go to Latvia with confidence."

A fortnight later in Riga he rang the changes, with six different players beginning the return leg. In front of 5,000 home fans brandishing airhorns, the English team saw out a 0-0 draw, the most notable aspect being the introduction of Carlo Cudicini, who replaced Ed de Goey late on. The Italian keeper had been on the bench for AC Milan in the 1993 final, while his father Fabio had won the tournament with the Rossoneri in 1969.

Vialli said: "We have some exciting times to look forward to." He wasn't wrong. The Blues would score 22 goals – including eight from Flo – and overcome Milan, Feyenoord, Olympique de Marseille and Galatasaray AŞ en route a thrilling 6-4 aggregate loss to FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals.

Chelsea would be back in 2003, with signings including Damien Duff, Juan Sebastián Verón and Geremi starting their first game against MŠK Žilina – heralding the dawning of a new era under Roman Abramovich.

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http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2190396.html?rss=2190396+End+of+a+long+wait+for+Chelsea

The club has come a long way. Barely recognised Babayaro.

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From today's lot only Juve is -somewhat- dangerous.

From those of tomorrow Barca or PSG are definitely strong opponents and Roma just a little.

The two English teams Arsenal and City (if they make it) are ruled out, are n't they ?

Are Sporting/Schalke also ruled out ?

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This run by Monaco sends me back a decade. That side put me into tears when they knocked off The Chels. I will never forget that. I guess I was too high cause CFC just beat the so-called invincibles & KOED them from UCL. Oh da memories

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The only interesting about tonight is PSG gonna win their group and Barca finishes second for the first in IDK how many years now.

They'll be a interesting opponent for every team who finished first except Real and Atletico.

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