Chelsea could have potentially drawn teams like Wolfsburg, Moscow and our very own Rafa Benitez’s Real Madrid. However, the draw has been kind to the Blues.
Chelsea were drawn into the Group G of the UEFA Champions League, and thankfully have a very manageable group of opponents, increasing our chances of topping the group. The other three teams in the group are FC Porto, Dinamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Porto are the only other team that can be considered a genuine opponent to the Blues. However, had the Blues drawn the likes of Real Madrid or Wolfsburg, there could possibly be some nerves considering our shaky defence at the moment.
Of the other English teams that were drawn, Manchester City are drawn along side last season’s runner up Juventus, Europa winner Sevilla, and Borrusia Monchengladbach. That’s group D, death with a capital D. That is kind of sweet, isn’t it.
The other team from Manchester, the Red Devils have drawn Depay’s old team PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg in group B. Good luck visiting Moscow in Autumn as well as the German high-flyers.
Arsenal will be ruing the German connection once more this year. The gunners have drawn Bayern Munich, Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb in group F. Thankfully, Monaco are not in the group stages this time.
Here are the full groups and teams:
Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmo
Group B: PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg
Group C: Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, Astana
Group D: Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach
Group E: Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, BATE Borisov
Group F: Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiacos, Dinamo Zagreb
Group G: Chelsea, Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel Aviv
Group H: Zenit Saint Petersburg, Valencia, Lyon, Gent
Hopefully, Mourinho will have an easy time tuning his team for the European competition through the group stages. Besides, we could also see the youngster getting some minutes in the latter games that could well be dead rubber if everything goes according to expectation.
Chelsea’s main threat in the group stage of the Champions League would undoubtedly be Jose’s old abode Porto. Dynamo Kiev are still in turmoil thanks to the crisis in Ukraine from last year. Tel Aviv should be a fun night, with lots and lots of goals, scored by just the one team.
You can read about all these three opponents being analyzed in this article!
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