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British teams ready for European return

British teams ready for European return



The Champions League and Europa League return this week as the knockout stage in each competition gets under way.
For the first time, England has five representatives in the last 16 of the Champions League, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham qualifying from their respective groups.
Celtic’s disappointment at their Champions League exit is eased by a place in the last 32 of the Europa League, where they are joined by Arsenal – England’s sole representative.

But, with the likes of Juventus and Barcelona lying in wait, how will the English sides fare"
We asked BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty to assess the chances of the English sides, and BBC Scotland chief football writer Chris McLaughlin to analyse Celtic’s Europa League campaign.

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Champions League
Chelsea

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Last-16 opponents: Barcelona (Spain) – Tuesday, 20 February (h); Wednesday, 14 March (a)
2017-18 group stage:

Group C

Team
P W
D
L
GD
Pts

Roma
6
3
2
1
3
11

Chelsea
6
3
2
1
8
11

Atletico Madrid
6
1
4
1
1
7

FK Qarabag
6
0
2
4
-12
2

Phil McNulty’s verdict: Chelsea’s season has been shrouded in turmoil and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding manager Antonio Conte.
It is against that backdrop that they have been handed the toughest task of all the Premier League representatives, navigating a way past Barcelona, led by the attacking spearhead of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
It seems an impossible task given Chelsea’s form this season – but those looking for a shock may glance at a glorious and unlikely chapter in their Champions League history when they defied all odds against these same opponents.
In the Champions League semi-final second leg in April 2012, Chelsea played with 10 men for 53 minutes in the Nou Camp after captain John Terry was sent off for kneeing Alexis Sanchez in the back – yet still ... view: 0
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