Alessandro Nesta Hoping Milan Avoid Chelsea & Barcelona In Champions League Draw

Alessandro Nesta - Chievo-Milan - Serie A  (Getty Images)
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Alessandro Nesta - Chievo-Milan - Serie A (Getty Images)

The Champions League Group Stage concluded on Wednesday evening and the draw for the knock-out stage is set to take place on December 18.

AC Milan finished second in their group behind Real Madrid, so could face a number of the competition's strongest entrants. Without naming his preferred opponents, Milan defender Alessandro Nesta has spoken of the sides he hopes the Rossoneri will avoid in the last 16.

"Barcelona and Chelsea are the strongest, I'd rather not meet them," he told

"With the others we would gladly play, even if Manchester United remains a strong side as always."

A meeting with Chelsea would pit Milan against their former coach Carlo Ancelotti, who led the team for eight years before leaving for Stamford Bridge this past summer.

Sevilla, Arsenal, Olympique Lyonnais and Bordeaux are Milan's other potential opponents in the two-legged tie.

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