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Arsenal hope luck is on their side in Champions League draw

Arsene Wenger is hoping to take Arsenal past the last 16 this season. Credit: PA

Arsenal fans will have their fingers crossed when the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is made on Monday. Because they didn't win their group, they are likely to get a tough draw in the next round which starts in February. Amongst the teams they could face are the German giants Bayern Munich, who knocked them out last season, the reigning champions Real Madrid or Lionel Messi's Barcelona.

The six teams they could be drawn with are:

  • Atletico Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Bayern Munich
  • Monaco
  • Porto
  • Real Madrid
Chelsea should face an easier draw. Credit: PA

Chelsea, on the other hand, won their group and are expected to go through to the quarter-finals, though they will not want to face the French side Paris Saint-Germain. The teams they could be drawn with are:

  • Basle
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • Juventus
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Shakhtar Donetsk

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Costa set for Chelsea clash against West Brom

Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hopes having injury-hit Diego Costa fit will give them a boost against West Brom this afternoon.

It's the first of eight games in 24 days for the Blues - a prospect Mourinho has referred to as a 'beautiful' period - and will be a testing time for Premier League new boy Costa. The 26 year old missed Spain's international fixtures over the past fortnight battling hamstring and groin issues.

Mourinho said: "I always think that the Christmas period for players doing it for the first time in their career is more difficult. The English players, or those who have been here for many, many years, are more physically and, especially, more mentally adapted and prepared to cope with that incredible marathon of football we have to face."

Chelsea go into this afternoon's match at the top of the table. Kick off is at 3pm.

Elsewhere in the top flight this afternoon, West Ham are away to Everton and QPR travel to Newcastle.

Mourinho hits out at international managers who 'simply don't care' about injured players

Jose Mourinho at a press conference ahead of tomorrow's game against Maribor. Credit: PA

The Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at international managers after several of his players came back injured from last week's Euro 2016 qualifiers. He believes that some coaches ignore advice from clubs about players who are carrying injuries.

Diego Costa has scored nine Premier League goals for Chelsea this season. Credit: PA

He revealed today that striker Diego Costa will miss tomorrow's Champions League match against Maribor - the Spaniard was also unavailable for Saturday's win over Crystal Palace. In the past fortnight, Costa played twice for Spain even though Mourinho had warned that he risked picking up an injury.

Sometimes you have national coaches and medical departments that want to establish a relationship and they are interested in the players, their physical condition, their habits. Some others they simply don't care. You are not happy when you give players in good conditions and you receive the players in bad conditions.

– Jose Mourinho, Chelsea Manager

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Diego Costa pulls out of Spain squad with hamstring injury

Diego Costa celebrates after scoring for Chelsea in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Chelsea's new striker Diego Costa has picked up a hamstring injury and had to pull out of the Spanish squad ahead their game on Monday. Costa, who has scored four goals in three Premier League games since he joined the Blues, has had problems with his hamstrings this year. In May, he was substituted in the Champions League Final after getting injured.

The Spanish Football Federation said that he had injured the hamstring in his left thigh and they would be sending images of the injury to Chelsea. The Blues' next game is on September 13th against Swansea.

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