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Chelsea handed difficult draw, get PSG in the Champions League knockout round

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Chelsea found out their next opponents in the Champions League on Monday, when the draw for the knockout stage of the Champions League was held. They didn't have to wait very long for their name to be pulled, as the Blues were matched up against PSG with the very first pairing of the draw. PSG were probably the most difficult opponent the Blues could have drawn, of the five runners-up that were possible.

The two clubs met in the quarterfinal last season, with Chelsea advancing in that tie. The two clubs also did a bit of business this summer, with David Luiz being shipped to Paris in one of the best bits of business Chelsea have ever done.

As Chelsea won their group, they'll be given the advantage of playing the return leg at home. Jose Mourinho should be well pleased, as it sounds as if he was hoping for the lack of travel issues which would be presented by drawing the French side.

Meanwhile, the rest of the draw went as follows:

  • PSG vs. Chelsea
  • Barcelona vs. Manchester City
  • Arsenal vs. Monaco
  • Basel vs. Porto
  • Juventus vs. Borussia Dortmund
  • Shakhtar vs. Bayern
  • Schalke vs. Real Madrid
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs. Atletico Madrid