Chelsea tipped to meet familiar foes in Champions League second round

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Chelsea have qualified for the second round of the Champions League after finishing second in group H.

The Twitter account LaLigaenDirecto, run by mathematics graduate Fran Martinez, has calculated the percentage chances of each club being drawn together in the last-16.

The 16 teams that have made it through have been divided into two pots – those that finished top of their groups will be seeded and will play a team that finished second.

However, Chelsea cannot meet an English opposition in the second round, limiting the teams that the Blues will face in the round of 16.

From the calculations done by the mathematician, Chelsea vs Barcelona is the most likely pairing in Champions League last-16. Chelsea vs Barcelona is now a frequent tie in the Champions League, and the games are usually intense. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has enough experience from playing against Barca.

Meanwhile, Chelsea star Christian Pulisic believes that Chelsea can compete against the best.

“It’s an amazing thing to go straight to the knockout stages,” Pulisic said.

“We’re a confident bunch of guys and we feel we can go up against anyone so we’re really excited for the next round because the knockout stages of the Champions League is where you want to play.”

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