Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has admitted that Chelsea would be happy to avoid locking horns with the likes of Barcelona and PSG in the first knockout round of the Champions League.
Chelsea played a 1 all draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night which ensured that they lost their grip on the group’s top spot to Roma.
Chelsea will now be drawn against the winner of another group in the last 16 draw scheduled to hold on Monday. Meanwhile, UEFA’s law ensures that teams from the same nation can’t play against each other in the round of 16 and Chelsea may be in line to square up against PSG, Barcelona and other impressive group winners in the 2017/18 UCL.
Antonio Conte and Eden Hazard had earlier welcomed the prospect of a high profile encounter Cahill disclosed his preference for such games to be played later in the competition
“To get to and win the final, of course we have to beat the best teams,” Cahill said.
“But let’s not lie as well, let’s hope we dodge them and progress.
“You expect to see the very, very big teams later on. At this stage of the competition, those that qualify are top teams – you can’t dodge anyone too much – but I hope the draw is a good one for us.”
Cahill went further to rue Chelsea’s missed chances against Atletico. The highlight of the misses was definitely Willian’s, which occurred towards the closing stages of the game.
“We should have won that game,” Cahill said.
“How we’ve not won that game is incredible. The performance was good from us and their keeper had a fantastic game.”