Chelsea will, as it stands, be playing Lille in the last-16 of this season’s Champions League but the draw itself has been marred in controversy after a major foul-up by UEFA.
Early on in the draw, Manchester United were drawn to take on Villarreal in the round of 16 but that is against competition rules as both play each other in the group stage of the tournament.
Villarreal were then drawn against Manchester City, but it appears United’s ball was not put back into the relevant pot, enabling them to be drawn against Atletico Madrid, who were the next team picked out to play Bayern Munich.
Giorgio Marchetti, who was conducting the draw for UEFA, was heard on TV coverage saying: “For Atletico Madrid, the possibilities are all except Liverpool, who were in the same group and Manchester United. Manchester United have already been drawn.”
United were then drawn against Paris St Germain in the last fixture to be pulled out from the bowls in Nyon at UEFA HQ.
Reports are saying that the draw will be investigated by UEFA and football.london has been told that officials are “waiting for a response” regarding the prospect of a re-draw.
Chelsea got the draw they will have wanted when they were paired with Lille in the last 16.
The Blues, who finished second in Group H behind Juventus, could have been paired with Bayern Munch, Ajax or Real Madrid as well as the French champions but a trip to Northern France is on the cards for the defending Champions – for now at least.
More to follow….