Chelsea are back in the Champions League after a season without Champions League football and with the draws for the group stage set to hold on Thursday, here’s everything you need to know about Chelsea’s potential group stage opponents.
Chelsea would be in Pot 1 after winning the Premier League title last season and this means the Blues will avoid meeting Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Monaco, Spartak Moscow and Shakhtar Donetsk who are all champions in their leagues.
In the group stage of the Champions League, teams can’t face opponents from the same domestic leagues so the Blues won’t face Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool (if they qualify).
There are potential tricky opponents Chelsea could face in the pot 2. Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Porto, Borussia Dortmund, and Napoli (if they beat Nice).
There are only four confirmed teams in pot 3 so far – Swiss champions Basel, Belgian champions Anderlecht, Turkish champs Besiktas and Italian giants Roma while German club RB Leipzig will be in pot 4.
Feyenoord are definitely in the group stage as Dutch champions but their pot is yet to be decided.
Ten teams will qualify for the group stage draws after Champions League play-off matches on Tuesday and Wednesday.