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Chelsea’s Champions League group draw might seem easy on paper, but the Blues will have to negotiate through a very tricky group.
Chelsea who are in pot one have been placed in the same group along with Ajax, Valencia and Lille.
Ajax are Dutch champions and reached the semifinals of the Champions League last season but narrowly lost out to Tottenham. Valencia are a strong Spanish side and Lille are a tough French team.
Frank Lampard who won the Champions League in 2012 understands what it means to lift the competition, and the Blues boss has reacted to the draw by saying that there are no easy teams in the Champions League anymore.
Reacting to the draw, Lampard said: “Yeah, I think so. I saw the early reports saying all the English teams had had pretty good draws. There never is an easy draw in the Champions League.
“One team [Ajax] was a semi-finalist last year, Valencia are a very strong team always, and in Lille we have another strong team. It’s certainly no walkover of a group, far from it, they’re quality teams that we will have to be fully on guard for, and be at our best to get through the group.”
According to Chelsea legend Petr Cech, Chelsea’s group isn’t an easy group because everybody can beat everybody.
Cech said: “I think it is a very even group.
“All the teams have a lot of quality and it is one of those groups where everybody can beat everybody so this makes it very interesting but we can be satisfied with the draw. We avoided long travel so that was one of the positives.
“They are new teams for the Chelsea fans and for the club so it is going to be interesting encounters but Ajax had a fantastic season last season so they will want to repeat that, but we are looking forward to the challenge and I hope we are going to go through.
“We will like to do the best that is possible, so obviously compete in every game, try to win and go through the group stage and once you reach the knockout stages, anything can happen. So we will see how we go but the first target is to try to go through the group stage and qualify for the next round.”