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Monday December 11 2017

CL draw: Who can Roma face?

Roma are about to learn their Champions League opponents, with a good chance they’ll be drawn against Real Madrid.

The Giallorossi won their group ahead of Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, so they cannot face the English side in the Last 16.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s side are also guaranteed not to play Juventus, so here are the six teams they could play.

Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane’s side have won the Champions League for the last two years in a row, thrashing Juventus 4-1 in last season’s final.

However, Real Madrid have started the season poorly by their own lofty standards, and finished behind Tottenham Hotspur in the group.

Los Blancos are also nine points off Barcelona in La Liga, but their European pedigree is unrivalled.

The last meeting with Roma was at this stage in 2016, with Los Merengues winning 2-0 in both legs.

Probability of drawing Roma: 18.853 per cent

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich are another European giant who the Giallorossi could face, after they finished behind Paris Saint-Germain in the group stage.

Carlo Ancelotti was sacked after a defeat in the Parc des Princes, but they’ve won all but two games since Jupp Heynckes returned to replace the Italian on the bench.

The Lupi have bad memories of facing Bayern, as the 2014-15 season saw them battered 7-1 by Pep Guardiola’s side at the Olimpico, before a 2-0 loss at the Allianz Arena.

Probability of drawing Roma: 15.314 per cent

Sevilla

Roma drawing Sevilla would be a particularly emotional tie for one man: sporting director Monchi.

The former goalkeeper spent his entire playing career with Los Rojiblancos, before taking over as sporting director in 2000.

The Spaniard became renowned as one of the best in the world in that role, signing the likes of Dani Alves, Ivan Rakitic and Federico Fazio.

Sevilla have met Roma in friendlies in recent years, including a crazy 6-4 win for the Giallorossi at the Olimpico ahead of the 2015-16 season.

Probability of drawing Roma: 18.853 per cent

Porto

Porto finished behind Besiktas in Group G, but above last year’s semi-finalists Monaco and German side RB Leipzig.

Currently top of the Liga Nos, Porto met Roma in the qualification play-off last season and emerged victorious.

Following a 1-1 draw in Portugal, the Lupi collapsed back in Italy with both Daniele De Rossi and Emerson Palmieri sent off in a 3-0 defeat.

Probability of drawing Roma: 15.314 per cent

Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar pulled off something of a shock in the group stages, finishing above Napoli to send the Partenopei to the Europa League.

Paulo Fonseca’s side beat Maurizio Sarri’s in Ukraine, and secured a place in the Last 16 by becoming the first team this season to beat Manchester City.

Shakhtar currently play their matches in Kharkiv, as the ongoing civil was in Ukraine means their home city of Donetsk is unsafe.

The last time Roma met Shakhtar was at the Last 16 stage in 2011, and they lost both matches to go out 6-2 on aggregate.

Probability of drawing Roma: 15.833 per cent

Basel

Basel are two points behind Young Boys at the top of the Swiss Super League, and finished behind Manchester United in Group A.

The last match against Roma came in the 2010-11 Champions League group stage, with the Swiss side winning 3-1 at the Olimpico.

The Giallorossi avenged that when they crossed the alps though, winning 3-2 as Valentin Stocker was sent off.

Probability of drawing Roma: 15.883 per cent