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Blues head to Sweden in Europa League

Blues head to Sweden in Europa League

The Blues will fancy their chances of progressing in the Europa League after being drawn to face Swedish side Malmo in the round of 32.

The Blues eased their way into the knockout stages after winning their opening five matches in Group L, with their only dropped points coming against Vidi on matchday six, although they had already wrapped up top spot by then.

Boss Maurizio Sarri has also been able to rotate his squad heavily during this season’s competition, although he might not be able to do that in the last 32, as the Blues will come up against a Malmo side they have never previously met in European competition.

Malmo finished second in Group I behind Belgian club Genk, but they booked their place in the knockout stages in impressive fashion, winning 1-0 in Turkey against Besiktas.

 

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Arsenal meanwhile, face a long journey to Belarus to face BATE Borisov – who finished second in Chelsea’s group. The Gunners met BATE in the group stages last year, winning 6-0 at the Emirates and 2-4 away from home.

It looks like a tougher test for Celtic, who have been handed a two-legged encounter with La Liga side Valencia – who dropped into the competition having finished behind Juventus and Manchester United in the Champions League.n

The first legs will take place on February 12 and 14, with the return legs on either February 20 and 21.

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