The Champions League draw was sort to Chelsea with Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda conducting. Who’s who on this simple (on paper) group?
A lot of Chelsea’s preparation for the primary half of the season might be based mostly across the six Champions League group stage matches. The Blues have been lucky to get a fairly easy group total, however who’re their opponents?
The 2 most up-to-date winners of the Europa League will face off for high spot within the group. The Spanish facet, coached by former Spain and Actual Madrid supervisor Julen Lopetegui, reupped their Europa League kings title with a straightforward sufficient win over Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. Additionally they managed to complete fourth in La Liga however degree on factors with Atletico Madrid.
There are worse opponents Chelsea may have drawn out of pot one, however Sevilla might be no pushovers. Lopetegui has rebounded from his time at Actual Madrid to point out he nonetheless has the products at membership degree. It is a match Chelsea might want to take utterly significantly with a full energy XI residence and away.
Stade Rennais, France
Edouard Mendy certain didn’t get very distant from his previous membership along with his homecoming already set. Rennais are first timers within the Champions League however that doesn’t imply they need to be underestimated. Ligue 1 generally is a bit in every single place after Paris Saint-Germain, so to complete within the high 4 is an accomplishment. In addition to, the equally positioned Lille confirmed Chelsea how harmful a French staff not named PSG will be.
That being mentioned, like Lille, this shouldn’t be a match Chelsea ought to wrestle with an excessive amount of. The Blues should want a robust XI (relying on how the group as a complete is doing at the moment), however they need to nonetheless be capable to get by with depth. It is dependent upon how the schedule shakes out for Chelsea.
One other first timer within the competitors, Krasnodar is the outlier within the group. The opposite three groups will like their possibilities residence and away in opposition to the Russian facet. The primary situation (and benefit when taking part in at residence for Krasnodar) is the quantity of journey. Sevilla and Rennais are comparatively shut opponents however Krasnodar might be a bear journey smart.
Nonetheless, even a closely rotated Chelsea staff must be anticipated to squeeze by the Russian facet. Any hiccups in opposition to them may show particularly pricey in the long term, however the Blues ought to have greater than sufficient to get the job finished.
Bonus: The remainder of the teams
Group A is a enjoyable group the place Salzburg may show the spoiler. B might be the group of demise with each staff completely able to taking factors off each other. C stands for “After all Manchester Metropolis bought a straightforward group, once more”. Group F is principally this season’s honorary “hipsters’” group. G must be straight ahead as to who goes by way of.
Group D and H are the 2 to pay essentially the most consideration to outdoors of Chelsea’s group E. Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, and even Midtjylland can all be anticipated to attain a ridiculous quantity of targets in opposition to one another. If any match finishes with lower than three targets it is going to be a shocker.
Group H might be the worst “what may have been” for Chelsea, however as a substitute it’s Manchester United who get to dwell that nightmare. Clearly PSG is hard in anymore. RB Leipzig remains to be looking for a method ahead with out Timo Werner however Julian Nagelsmann remains to be one of many world’s finest up and coming coaches. He’s certain to have some tips up his sleeve for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Rounding it off is an extended journey to Istanbul Basaksehir. Like Chelsea’s journey to Russia, how and the place that falls into the schedule may tremendously have an effect on United within the match afterwards and even earlier than.
Chelsea’s purpose this season is to advance to the knockout rounds and take it from there. How do you see this group stage going? Tell us within the feedback and on Twitter!