Chelsea booked their spot in the Champions League last-16 on Tuesday night, as they managed to secure a win at Stamford Bridge against Lille.
Frank Lampard’s side beat Lille 2-1 to qualify for the knockout rounds of Europe’s elite club competition, with Tammy Abraham and Cesar Azpilicueta scoring for the hosts.
They had to settle for second in their group behind Valencia, while last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax finished third and they drop down to the Europa League.
The Blues are now in the draw for the last-16, which takes place next Monday at 1pm.
Despite the final round of fixtures taking place on Wednesday, the group winners have already been decided and it leaves Chelsea with five possible teams they could be drawn against.
They can’t be pitted against English pair Liverpool or Manchester City, as well Valencia from their own group.
Chelsea face an extremely difficult task whoever they are drawn against, but here are the five potential opponents ranked from the best case scenario to the worst case scenario:
Leizpig are the only one of the five teams potentially facing Chelsea that aren’t considered a European giant at present and look the best draw on paper.
But they have topped Group G after the six matches ahead of Lyon, Benfica and Zenit to show they are a quality side not to be underestimated.
Timo Werner is one of the most feared centre-forwards in the world right now and he has 20 goals across all competitions already this season, so it would be a daunting task for Chelsea’s shaky defence to try handle him.
Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is a serious young talent that his team playing an attractive brand of football and they sit second in the Bundesliga table.
They would pose a major obstacle for Lampard’s Chelsea, but perhaps the best of a tough bunch.
Juventus have secured top spot in their group with a match to spare and they have a squad stacked with talent, including the likes of Paulo Dybala and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
They have an experienced group that will back themselves to go deep in the Champions League competition and may be some people’s pick to win the trophy.
Maurizio Sarri, who was managing at Stamford Bridge last season, is now in charge of Juventus and he’d have an incredible insight on the Blues players.
But the only positive Chelsea could take from drawing them is that they have been knocked out of the quarter-finals of the competition in the last two years and they could potentially get at their defence with pace.
Bayern certainly look one of the red-hot favourites for the European crown after winning all five group matches so far, including a devastating 7-2 win over Tottenham.
They are filled with experienced individuals on the elite level and their striker Robert Lewandowski is arguably the best centre-forward in the world right now.
It would be a colossal task travelling to the Allianz Stadium in the second leg needing a result and there is the added spice of the Blues beating Bayern in the 2012 Champions League final.
Lampard knows that his team are going to have to beat the best to go far in the competition and locking horns again with Bayern would surely be special for him.
PSG have already topped their group ahead of Real Madrid with a match to spare and that in itself highlights their threat.
The French heavyweights are so desperate to get over the line in the Champions League and it feels that eventually it will be their year.
They are set out with the ambition to try win the European trophy as they are the best team domestically and definitely have the squad to do so.
Kylian Mbappe is a colossal talent that looks destined to takeover as the world’s greatest in the upcoming years and he would give Chelsea’s defence nightmares in the build up.
Barcelona have to be right up there as one of the favourites to win this year’s competition, while English pair Liverpool and Man City deserve to be in the conversation too.
With Lionel Messi still performing at the top of his game, he has the ability to win any game on his own at any minute despite some struggles in the past against the Blues.
They are top of La Liga and their attacking firepower when they are on form is just frightening, with Messi linking up with the likes of Luiz Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.
Barcelona would probably be the best team to avoid in the last-16 for Chelsea and try see them further down the line.
Ultimately it’s a great achievement for Lampard’s youthful group to reach the knockout rounds of the competition and it’s set to be fascinating to see how they get on regardless of how they draw.