Michael Owen makes honest admission about Chelsea this season

Michael Owen admits that teams will not want to face Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League

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Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen has admitted that no team will want to draw Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League this season.

The Blues successfully booked their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition after having made their return to the Champions League this season under Antonio Conte.

However, the west London side ended up progressing as group runners-up after their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in the group stage on Tuesday night last week.

Chelsea will learn their opponents for the last 16 of the Champions League when the draw is made in Nyon on Monday.

And former Liverpool FC star Owen reckons that the west London side will be one team that lots of other sides will be keen to avoid.

Speaking to BT Sport last week, former striker Owen said: “Nobody will want to draw Chelsea, especially in this next round.

“You expect to draw the big boys in the quarters and the semis but in the second round, you’re hoping for a bit of a soft touch in many ways.

“Everybody will be looking at a team like Besiktas and will be hoping to get them, with all due respect.”

Chelsea are aiming to try and defend their Premier League title this season after having finished top of the table in Conte’s first campaign in charge last term.

However, the Blues did not have the distraction of European football last term as they were able to concentrate solely on domestic affairs in the Italian’s first campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge.

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