Jose Mourinho’s side will kick off their European quest tonight when they host German side Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge, but the west London outfit could be forgiven for already having one eye on next May if they do make the final in Berlin.
Abramovich has again put his considerable billions where his mouth is by sanctioning a record bonus pool, should his club again be crowned kings of Europe.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will pay out a bonus of £200,000 to each player if the Blues can win the Champions League again.
Stars including skipper John Terry landed £150,000 apiece when they beat Bayern Munich on penalties back in 2012.
Chelsea, however, have raised the cash bar to £200,000 due to the higher amounts of TV money the club expects to earn from this season’s competition.
In contrast, current Champions League holders Real Madrid will reportedly earn £170,000 a man if they can defend their crown.