Two key Nigerian players still left in this season’s UEFA Champions League, Elderson Echiejile and Mikel Obi, are now aware of the next hurdle ahead of them following the Round of 16 draws held on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland.
In what could be seen as a largely fair draw for the Super Eagles duo, Echiejile and his Monaco teammates have been drawn to face EPL giants Arsenal while Mikel’s Chelsea have a date with PSG as they target to go beyond the Round of 16.
Interestingly, over the weekend, Coach Arsene Wenger had voiced out his wish not to be drawn against the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich that he would prefer to face his old club Monaco and that wish has also been granted.
In a similar light, Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, was also reported to have chosen PSG as his preferred opponent in the UEFA knockout phase.
The Portuguese coach cited the proximity of Paris, France to the UK, which would make it easier for fans to travel, and PSG being a strong team that would bring out the best in his players, as reasons behind his choice.
Unfortunately for the third EPL team in contention, Manchester City, they have the toughest task having been pitched against Barcelona.
The Citizens needed a late revival to pull through from the group phase and similar drive if not more will be required if they are to go past Barcelona over two legs.
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