Chelsea will take on Ukrainian runners-up Dynamo Kiev in the last-16 of this season’s UEFA Europa League after the draw took place earlier today.
The Blues saw off Swedish club Malmo FF in the last-32 over two legs and now face beatable opposition in the next round in the form of Dynamo Kiev after the draw was relatively kind to them.
Alyaksandr Khatskevich’s side battled past Greek club Olympiakos in their last-32 tie, winning 3-2 on aggregate. Like Chelsea, Dynamo Kiev won their group to qualify for the knockouts, although it should be noted that they came up against some lesser names in European football.
The Ukrainian club have competed in the UEFA Champions League and in European football’s secondary club competition in the form of the UEFA Europa League in recent years. Their last honour came way back in 1986 when they won the UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup, a trophy which Chelsea lifted themselves in 1971 and 1998.
The UEFA Europa League is now one of just two trophies which Chelsea are realistically in contention to win this season. The Blues take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday while their English Premier League and Emirates FA Cup hopes are over.
The South West Londoners will face UEFA Europa League last-16 opponents Dynamo Kiev over two legs. The first leg will take place at Stamford Bridge on Thursday 7 March (kick-off 8pm) before they travel to the Ukraine for the second leg one week later (kick-off 5.55pm).