Pochettino: Champions League has distracted us

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Manchester City, fresh from beating Manchester United in Sunday's derby, have been drawn against Swiss side Basel - easily the most favourable draw they could have asked for.

Tottenham Hotspur will know its next Champions League opponent in a matter of hours.

The 2018 final is due to be played at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev.

Mauricio Pochettino usually keeps his plans close to the vest, but the Tottenham boss has let some of his January transfer plans slip to the press. "Logically we are both challengers for the trophy". The Reds were in scintillating form going into the crucial tie and would have been extremely confident of securing that point.

Spurs's performance was orchestrated by the outstanding Heung-min Son and spearheaded by Harry Kane, who struck twice to take his 2017 goal tally to the half-century mark. "They had almost perfect group stage". RB Leipzig were forced to settle for a Europa League spot in their debut European campaign.

Five-time winners and current Bundesliga table toppers Bayern Munich drew Turkish giants Besiktas, while last year's beaten finalists Juventus take on Tottenham. "I believe we can compete with Real Madrid", Emery told UEFA.com.

Eurosport will also have live coverage of the draw. "Our fans will like it after we were knocked out by Barcelona last season", he said. That is when it gets complicated. It would be assumed that they are there for the taking, but no doubt could cause problems.

Chelsea feared the worst and the worst actually happened, as the Blues discovered that the price for failing to win their Champions League group is a round of 16 date with Barcelona and Lionel Messi. Sergio Aguero's stoppage-time penalty handed a consolation to City, but this was their first defeat of the season and they have the Manchester derby this weekend. Don't be surprised to see English talent move up on Pochettino's radar as a result.

"It is a good draw, with two good games to play".