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Chelsea will know their opponents in the Champions League this Thursday as the final draw will be concluded in Monaco.
Chelsea have been seeded in pot one and the Blues will avoid the likes of Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus who are also in pot one. However, there is a possibility of meeting either Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Borussia Dortmund in pot two and also Inter Milan in pot three – this will mean a group of death.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin doesn’t think Blues boss Frank Lampard will be worried about this having been used to it during his playing days.
“[The Champions League draw] has crept up on me a little if I am totally honest,” the former Stamford Bridge hero wrote in his column for the club’s official website.
“The most important thing by far is that winning the Europa League not only got us into the Champions League without any qualifiers, but it also got us straight into Pot 1. That makes an incredible difference to our chances of getting out of the group stage. Now all I want is a kind draw.
“Like every Chelsea fan, I will be tuned into Monaco later in the week having figured out exactly who I would like us to get and who I would like us to avoid. The thing is I do not think our lads, players and staff alike, will be thinking that way at all.
“If you are Frank you are used to pitting yourself against the best in the Champions League so he will want to get on with that as quickly as possible. The youngsters I suspect would love the idea of one of the top European sides as the Pot 2 pick against us.
“I’ll just go and check if Real Madrid are possible opponents. You really wouldn’t be surprised if that happened at some point in the competition. Eden v Azpi would be worth the admission fee alone.”