Manchester United were never likely to surrender first place in Group A, but they bounced back from a shock loss in Basel last time out by showing their class to come from behind and beat CSKA Moscow 2-1.
"Don't forget here this season is very tough".
The eight teams dropping into the competition from the Champions League are ranked by their points total from the elite tournament and Celtic are not among the top four, who will be seeds. "We wanted to finish first". So United, City and Spurs know they will be up against teams who finished second.
"He can go away to a Barcelona or a Real Madrid and nick a 1-0 because of the way he sets his team up". Despite the constant pressure that Arsenal applied onto United, Mourinho's side did not fold, which is a resilience that could serve them well in the Champions League.
The four teams to have secured second spot on Tuesday were Basel, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Juventus. The last 16 games will be played on the 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st of February and the second legs will be played on the 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th of March. Gerrard's sentiments came off the back of United's qualification to the next round of the competition.
Tottenham: Basel (20), Bayern Munich (4), Juventus (5), Seville (7), Shakhtar Donetsk (16) or Porto (12).
Liverpool (if second): Roma, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas.
These restrictions are removed ahead of the quarter-finals.
United piled the pressure after the break and Akinfeev parried another fierce Rashford shot before the home side's siege finally paid dividends.
Last season's beaten finalists Juventus clinched a spot in the knockout round after beating Olympiakos 2-0 in Greece, Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi on target for the Serie A champions. Diego Simeone's team will drop down into the Europa League knockout stages.