Champions League

Champions League draw proves tough for Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester

English clubs face tough tests if they are to progress in the knockout stages of the Champions League after the draw was made today in Nyon, Switzlerland.

Arsenal have drawn Bayern Munich and after the Gunners topped their group they were hoping to come up against one of the lesser teams to have finished in second spot this time around.

But Arsene Wenger’s outfit must face the German powerhouse and are away in the first leg of the encounter and back at the Emirates for the second leg.

Manchester City face French outfit Monaco while Leicester come up against Spaniards Seville.

Meanwhile, Chelsea must try to build on their 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday at Stamford Bridge with a trip to Sunderland on Wednesday night.

The Blues went back to the top of the table with the victory over the Baggies after Arsenal held the position overnight with a win over Stoke.

Striker Diego Costa helped the home side chalk up a ninth straight Premier League victory but it was a hard-fought win with the visitors resolute in their solid defending for the most part.

And Spain midfielder Fabregas, once of Arsenal, says he was delighted with the way Chelsea went about their business.

He added:

“Diego’s goal was vital. We’ve been training all week on the mental aspect, especially for games like this. I don’t think we’ve faced enough teams like this recently, they have a very deep block and we knew it would be difficult to create chances.”

‘They had a plan and they played it very well, but thanks to Diego once again we have three points, it’s fantastic.”

Next up Conte’s men go to the Stadium of Light to face a Black Cats side licking their wounds after a 3-0 defeat at Swansea on Saturday but who pose a danger with the like of Jermain Defoe as hungry as ever in front of goal.

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