Mark Schwarzer expects tough Champions League draw

Mark Schwarzer of Chelsea during the Capital One Cup third round match between Swindon Town and Chelsea at the County Ground on September 24, 2013
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Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer insists that the club will not be given a easy draw in the second round of the Champions League, despite finishing top of Group E.

Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has insisted that the club will not underestimate their opponents in the second round of the Champions League.

The Blues secured first position in Group E with a 1-0 win over Steaua Bucuresti on Wednesday evening, but Schwarzer has revealed that they don't expect an easy draw in the last 16.

The 41-year-old told the Daily Star: "Any team that's involved in this stage of the competition is a good side. You can't underestimate anyone. But yes, we wanted to try to finish top of the group.

"It was reiterated by the manager before the Steaua game that we wanted to make sure that we finished top by winning the game, so we are in the right pot."

Chelsea will play either Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiacos, Zenit St Petersburg, AC Milan or Galatasaray in the knockout stages after Christmas.

Oscar and Demba Ba of Chelsea celebrate after Danijel Georgijevski of Steaua scores an own goal to open the scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group E match on December 11, 2013
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