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Champions League draw: Who Chelsea FC could face in group stage

Champions League draw: Who Chelsea FC could face in group stage

The champions, Chelsea are out to defend their Champions League crown this season, and on Thursday the holders will find out who they will face off against in the group stages.

Thomas Tuchel’s mid-season arrival worked wonders for Roman Abramovich as Chelsea finished in the top four as well as winning the European Cup for the second time in the club’s history.

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Chelsea saw off Premier League rivals Manchester City 1-0 in last season’s final, and will be aiming to join the select few clubs who have managed to retain the trophy – and the £97.5million arrival of Romelu Lukaku has sent a message that they will not relinquish it lightly.

With the Champions League group-stage draw set to be held this week, here are the potential opponents for Chelsea fans to watch out for in Pots 1-3 by Evening Standard

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Who can Chelsea face in the Champions League draw?

Pot 1: Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille, Sporting Libson (Chelsea, Manchester City)

Chelsea are seeded in Pot 1, so will not face any of the seven other teams.

Pot 2:Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, PSG, Liverpool, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea cannot be drawn against Manchester United or Liverpool given Uefa rules state two teams from the same association cannot face each other at this stage.

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That means Chelsea will face one of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, Sevilla or Dortmund.

Pot 3: FC Porto, Ajax, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Zenit, Besiktas, Dynamo Kyiv, TBC

With one team still to be confirmed, Chelsea can face any of the teams from Pot 3.

Source: EveningStandard

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