The UEFA Champions League draws of last 16 teams have been taken this after noon. English side clubs of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool appear to be assured of more haapy days while London giants are yet to face more sorrow.
For Manchester City, things have gone pretty well.. Basel appears to be the easiest side available and City is expected to brush them aside with minimal fuss. Sevilla are currently fifth in La Liga and United will fully expect to see them off.
This also appears to Mersey Side Reds, though Liverpool will not have things all their way against a Porto side top of their league and unbeaten domestically in 14 games. The Portuguese side only managed to finish second in a Champions League group won by Besiktas. This appears a walk over since thy never walk alone.
However, there is a very real prospect that all five Premier League clubs could make it through to the quarter-finals. Chelsea appear to have been delivered the trickiest task as they were drawn against Barcelona. Barcelona will not relish facing Chelsea, either, although the English club will be kicking themselves.
Had they won their group they would be facing Shakhtar Donestk, who have been drawn with other Serie A representatives, AS Roma.
For Spurs the reward for winning their group is a first meeting in European competition with last season’s finalists, Juventus, who are currently only third in Serie A but have a rich pedigree of success in this competition. Spurs, as a group winner, will play their second leg at home, at Wembley.
In other draws, the showpiece draw of the round is undoubtedly the holders Real Madrid, who were runners-up to Spurs, against Paris Saint-Germain. This gives the scale, ambition and squads the clubs have. Not least with Kylian Mbappe having chosen PSG ahead of Real last summer. There will be nervousness at PSG that their coach, Unai Emery, has never won at the Santiago Bernabeu.
German Side Champions Bayern Munich are also expected not to use much energy while getting rid of Besiktas to see their way to the Quarters.