The Champions League playoff draw is slated for Friday August 4, 2017. The playoff sides would know which teams they would be facing for a chance to reach the finals later in the year.

Premier League fourth place side Liverpool would be seeded along with Serie A team Napoli, Spanish side Sevilla, Portuguese team Sporting Lisbon and Russia top flight club CSKA Moscow. They would be paired against any of Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, Turkish Super Lig side Istanbul Basaksehir, Swiss side BSC Young Boys, Ligue 1 side Nice or Romanian side Steaua Bucharest.


Zenit is yet to play its first game under the new boss Mancini, but, the skipper of the club Domenico Criscito is showering praises on him already.

Mancini has been roped in by Zenit on the place of Mircea Lucescu whose solitary season in charge was not very successful. Under him, the Lions failed to make it to Europe as they finished no. 3 in the standings of the top tier.

Ivanovic talks about why he chose Zenit Saint Petersburg

After making over 250 appearances for the English Premier League club Chelsea, Branislav Ivanovic opted to make a transfer to the Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg on a 2 and a half year contract.

The veteran defender had the chance to join other clubs from different leagues including the Chinese Super League but he got lured on making a move to Zenit St. Petersburg and the 33 year old footballer has talked about this switch as well as his reasoning behind the move.

Antonio Conte Expects Tough Transition Period to Replace Ivanovic and Terry

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that the blues will have to go through a transition period in order to replace players like John obi Mikel and Branislav Ivanovic.

These two players have been the heartbeat of Chelsea over the last decade, even though they have not been spectacular during this period, they were certainly steady and helped the club go through several tough periods with relative ease. Ivanovic and Mikel were allowed to leave the club during the January transfer window. The former joint Zenit St Petersburg and quickly created history by becoming the first player to score at the new Zenit Arena, which will also be hosting Confederations Cup games.

Players Would Love to Play under Carlo Ancelotti, Claims Branislav Ivanovic

Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic believes that his former teammates would now prefer to play alongside Carlo Ancelotti rather than under Jose Mourinho.

In fact, the Serbian has even gone to suggest that Ancelotti will be the preferred choice of players wherever he goes. The glowing praise comes from a player who has played under some of the top managers in world football. Even which has played under the likes of Luis Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink, Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, and Jose Mourinho in his almost decade long time at Stamford Bridge. Even which has recently brought his time at Stamford Bridge to an end after securing a move to Zenit St Petersburg.