The matchups for the Women’s Champions League Round of 16 were drawn earlier today, and Chelsea will face some fairly tough opposition. To get to the next round, the Blues will have to beat Atlético Madrid, who finished second in the Spanish league last season, right behind Barcelona, and reached the quarterfinals of this competition as well.
(Incidentally, the Chelsea men’s team will also have to do battle against Atlético, in the Men’s Champions League Round of 16 starting in a week!)
While Chelsea’s domestic form (deservedly) gets most of the attention, results on the continental stage have been laudable as well. In the previous round, Chelsea beat Benfica 8-0 on aggregate, on our return to the competition after a season’s absence.
One of the most notable players at Atlético is Toni Duggan, who won the WSL with Manchester City in 2016. There’s also Brazilian striker Ludmila, who has scored 14 goals in 19 league matches.
Before having to miss out last season (thanks to finishing just third in the league in 2018-19), Chelsea had reached the semifinals in back-to-back seasons, losing to (Pernille Harder’s) Wolfsburg and Olympique Lyonnais, the latter of whom have won the competition each of the last five years. The Blues are clearly intent on getting to such heights as well!
The first leg of our Round of 16 matchup will be played at home, either on March 3 or 4 at Kingsmeadow, with the away leg to follow a week after.
The full draw for the Women’s Champions League Round of 16 is as follows:
Wolfsburg (Germany) vs LSK Kvinner (Norway)
Barcelona (Spain) vs Fortuna Hjørring (Denmark)
Rosengård (Sweden) vs St. Pölten (Austria)
BIIK-Kazygurt (Kazakhstan) vs Bayern München (Germany)
Manchester City (England) vs Fiorentina (Italy)
Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) vs Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Lyon (France) vs Brøndby (Denmark)
Chelsea (England) vs Atlético de Madrid (Spain)