The draw for the European Cup happened on Monday morning, and the round of 16 ties have promised to create a terrific tournament.
Chelsea have been drawn with Paris Saint-Germain - who faced each other in the quarter finals last season - whilst Manchester City have once again drawn La Liga side Barcelona. Arsenal have been handed a winnable tie with Monaco, whilst Bayern Munich and current champions Real Madrid arguably have the easiest ties - having to face Shakhtar Donetsk and Schalke respectively.
Munich and Madrid remain as real favourites for the tournament, whilst Arsenal have been listed as potential winners due to their easier round of 16 tie, and, although having to face the French champions, it is hard to see Chelsea not overcoming PSG with the current strength of their squad.
Having started the season in remarkable fashion, the Blues have let up a bit in recent weeks, and their 2-0 victory over Hull at the weekend was hardly convincing. Regardless of current performance, head coach Jose Mourinho is arguably the best big-game manager currently working in football, and many suspect that Chelsea can upset the odds and claim the European Cup for the second time - and first time under the Portuguese boss.
One man who agrees with this view is former Champions League winner Karl-Heinz Riedle, who won the trophy with Borussia Dortmund in 1997. The German international also won the 1990 World Cup with West Germany, and later enjoyed a two-year spell in the Premier League with Liverpool. Currently working as UEFA’s ambassador for the 2014/15 Champions League, Riedle held a question and answer session on Twitter following the draw, and he named Chelsea as the only English side that have a chance of winning the tournament - alongside Munich, Madrid and Barcelona.
Riedle’s view is an opinion held by many, with Chelsea all but set to win the Premier League title. However, both Munich and Madrid are arguably the real favourites for the trophy, and it should be considered a real success if the Blues can end the season with a second European Cup to their name.