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It's pot luck as Chelsea pitted against Barcelona


By Robert Jones

Chelsea were handed the toughest test in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League as they were paired with five-time European champions Barcelona.

Having finished second in their group, Antonio Conte's men were hoping for a tie against Besiktas but instead came out against Lionel Messi's band of superstars.

Tottenham were also handed a questionable reward for finishing ahead of Real Madrid in their group as they were paired with last year's runners-up Juventus.

But Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool will be content after being paired with Basel, Sevilla and Porto respectively.

The remaining three ties pit Real Madrid against Paris St Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk with Roma, and Bayern Munich against Besiktas.

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