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Chelsea’s best and worst routes to Champions League final revealed as Bayern, Man City & Real Madrid await draw



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Chelsea will find out their route to the Champions League final in Istanbul on Friday when the draw is made in Nyon, Switzerland.

After progressing into the knockout stages having finished top of Group E ahead of AC Milan, RB Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb, Chelsea were handed a Round of 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.

Despite losing 1-0 in Germany, Graham Potter’s side overturned the deficit and claimed a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge earlier this month, thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz, to progress into the last eight.

Chelsea will be hoping to go one step better than they did last season under Thomas Tuchel, who won the Champions League in his first season. They were agonisingly knocked out in extra-time by Real Madrid after nearly turning the tie around at the Bernabeu.

Teams still left in Champions League

  • Benfica
  • Bayern Munich
  • AC Milan
  • Manchester City
  • Inter Milan
  • Real Madrid
  • Napoli

Now Chelsea are at the quarter-final stage, no restrictions are in place. They will be able to face all of the teams in the draw, so a potential all-England affair against Manchester City is possible.

But Potter’s side will be hoping they can avoid Pep Guardiola’s side until the final, if they reach there, as well as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

The semi-final and home/away final draw will also be made on Friday, giving clubs their routes to the showpiece in Turkey.

Absolute Chelsea has taken a look into Chelsea’s best and worst routes to the final in Istanbul which takes place on Saturday 10th June 2023.

Best Route


  • Manchester City vs Bayern Munich
  • Napoli vs Real Madrid
  • Benfica vs Chelsea
  • Inter Milan vs AC Milan


  • Napoli vs Bayern Munich
  • Inter Milan vs Chelsea


  • Napoli vs Chelsea

Worst Route


  • Chelsea vs Real Madrid
  • Bayern Munich vs Benfica
  • Inter Milan vs Manchester City
  • Napoli vs AC Milan


  • Chelsea vs Bayern Munich
  • Manchester City vs AC Milan


  • Chelsea vs Manchester City