Chelsea star, Gary Cahill is not willing to face European heavyweights in the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain in the next knockout phase of the UEFA Champions league.
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Antonio Conte’s blues seemed to be marching on as the toppers of Group C but a statement 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid saw them needlessly gift the place to AS Roma. The circumstances are such that Chelsea will face the seeded teams or group winners. Taking out the English rivals,whom they can’t face at this stage according to the rules, the possibility is that they will be thrown a fixture with Barcelona or Paris Saint Germain in the Monday’s round of 16 draw. Even Besiktas can be a hard test.
Veteran Cahill doesn’t want a collision with the Catalans or the French giants in earlier parts of the knockout rounds to be held in the month of February. The English defender, who won the title in 2012 with the Londoners, knows that a hardfold test in the last 16 stage will surely degrade the spirit which the reigning Premier league champions hold firmly.
He approved it in an exclusive with London Evening Standard,
“To set to and win the final of course we have to beat the best teams. But let’s not lie as well, let’s hope we dodge them and progress.
Cahill also pointed out that those matches are glamorous to watch in the quarterfinal and semifinal stages but not just after the completion of group stages.
” You expect to see the very, very big teams later on. At this stage of the competition, those that qualify are top teams. You can’t dodge anyone too much but I hope the draw is a good one for us.”
Before a year of absence from the competition, Chelsea faced PSG in this stage in 2015 and lost in both legs of the tie. The outcome was same when they met for the first time in the knockout phase. Chelsea don’t carry a record to cheer about against Barcelona either. So Cahill and his club will be wishing for a much better draw this time around.