Wednesday 17 January 2018

Chelsea play Sparta Prague, Tottenham face Lyon, Liverpool clash with Zenit St Petersburg in Europa League

Reigning European champions Chelsea will face Sparta Prague in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Chelsea, who failed to make the knockout stages of the top-tier European competition, will start their bid to become only the fourth club after Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich to win all of the major European trophies as they bid to usurp defending champions Atletico Madrid.

Tottenham will take on Ligue 1 side Lyon, starting with a home tie on Feb 14. The draw means that Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris wil face his former club for the first time since his £12.3 million signing in August.

Meanwhile, five-time European champions Liverpool face Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg and Newcastle take on Ukraine's Metalist Kharkiv.

Chelsea avoided a rematch with Atletico, who handed them a 4-1 drubbing in the Super Cup back in August, and as a seeded team will start their Europa League campaign in Prague.

Atletico drew Russian side Rubin Kazan as they bid to defend the title they won with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Athletic Bilbao in last year's all-Spanish final.

Liverpool travel to Zenit for their opening round of 32 match to face the Russian side who has hit the headlines this week when their largest supporters group, Landscrona, caused widespread outrage.

They posted an open letter on their website that outlined their preferred criteria for future signings at Zenit to exclude sexual minorities and non-Europeans from the playing staff.

Tottenham will play what could be one of the most hotly contested ties of the round when they face Lyon, who are a tough opponent more used to Champions League football.

Andre Villas-Boas' side could line up a last-16 meeting with Inter Milan if they can beat Lyon over two legs, and if the Serie A side can win their tie against Romania's Cluj.

It would be a much-anticipated match an evoke memories of when Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick at the San Siro for Tottenham against Inter in a match that eventually saw the north London side lose 4-3 in October 2010.

Full Uefa Europa League last 32 & last 16 draw

Last 32

BATE Borisov vs Fenerbahce

Inter Milan vs Cluj

Levante vs Olympiacos

Zenit St. Petersburg vs Liverpool

Dynamo Kiev vs Bordeaux

Bayer Leverkusen vs Benfica

Newcastle vs Metalist Kharkiv

Stuttgart vs Genk

Atletico Madrid vs Rubin Kazan

Ajax vs Steaua Bucharest

Basel vs Dnipropetrovsk

Anzhi Makhachkala vs Hannover

Sparta Prague vs Chelsea

Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Lazio

Tottenham vs Lyon

Napoli vs Viktoria Plzen

Last 16

Napoli/Plzen vs BATE/Fenerbahce

Bayer Leverkusen/Benfica vs Dynamo Kiev/Bordeaux

Anzhi Makhachkala/Hannover vs Newcastle/Metalist Kharkiv

Stuttgart/Genk vs Borussia Moenchengladbach/Lazio

Tottenham/Lyon vs Inter Milan/Cluj

Levante/Olympiacos vs Atletico Madrid/Rubin Kazan

Basle/Dnipropetrovsk vs Zenit St Petersburg/Liverpool

Ajax/Steaua Bucharest vs Sparta Prague/Chelsea

First legs to be played Feb 14, second legs to be played Feb 21.

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