You might not believe it based on years of World Cup hurt, but English club teams have a winning record over German sides in Europe.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are all facing up to German opposition in the opening week of this season's Champions League.

In almost 200 matches played between clubs from the two nations in major European competitions, English sides have come out victorious in 93 of them - 46 per cent.

The German teams have managed to win just 62 of the encounters, or 31%.

English sides have scored a total of 321 goals against Germans, while conceding 237.

Even German giants Bayern Munich have a win ratio of just 39% when playing against English clubs in European competitions - winning 18 of the 46 games.

Bayern have bagged a total of 75 goals against English sides and have conceded just 61,

Schalke, who are up against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night in Group G, have won just four of their 15 games against English clubs, losing eight.

Borussia Dortmund - who Arsenal also faced last year - have the best record of any German team drawn against an English side.

They have won 42% of their games against English opposition, eight out of 18.

Missed the Chelsea pre-match press conference ahead of the Schalke game? Don't worry, you can catch up with what went on here.