Chelsea will find out their Champions League fate this evening – and despite being a top seed after winning the Premier League title last season, they could still face a very tough draw.
Antonio Conte won the trophy as a player, but has never done it as a manager, and the Chelsea boss will be keen to put that right this season.
Here is all you need to know about the draw and the Blues’ potential group of death.
When is the draw?
The draw for the Champions League group stages takes place this evening at 5pm BST (6pm CET) and is scheduled to last two and a quarter hours.
Where does the draw take place?
It takes place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
Where can I watch it?
You can watch the draw on BT Sport 2 or via a live stream on Uefa.com.
Who Chelsea cannot face
As league champions, Chelsea are in pot 1 so they avoid the likes of Juventus, Bayern Munich and holders Real Madrid.
The Blues also cannot face any English teams in the group stage, meaning they will avoid the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool until the quarter-finals at least.
Who could Chelsea face?
Being paired with big-spending PSG would undoubtedly be the worst case scenario from pot 2, though Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund would also be tough draws.
Chelsea would also prefer to avoid high-scoring Napoli from pot 3.
In pot 4, Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig look like the most dangerous side, while an all-British tie with Celtic would also provide some intrigue.
The potential ‘group of death’
Chelsea, PSG, Napoli, RB Leipzig
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow
Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Manchester City, Porto, Manchester United
Napoli, Tottenham, Basel, Olympiacos, Anderlecht, Liverpool, Roma, Besiktas
Celtic , CSKA Moscow, Qarabag, Sporting Lisbon, APOEL Nicosia, Feyenoord, Maribor, RB Leipzig
When do the group games start?
The group stage games will be split into six match days with games to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday nights:
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Graeme Souness has backed Tiemoue Bakayoko to be a success at Chelsea.
The French midfielder made his first Premier League appearance at Wembley on Sunday as Antonio Conte turned to the unfit summer signing for the clash against Tottenham Hotspur.
Bakayoko moved to the defending champions in a £40m deal from Ligue 1 holders AS Monaco last month to improve Conte’s options in midfield ahead of the 2017-18 season.
However, Chelsea made the surprising decision to sell Nemanja Matic to their direct title rivals Manchester United in a £40m deal to leave Conte short in midfield.
Indeed, Cesc Fabregas’ suspension following his red card in a 3-2 loss to Burnley in their Premier League opener left Conte with little choice but to rush Bakayoko into the team.
But the 23-year-old acquitted himself well as Marcos Alonso scored either side of half-time to secure a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
Former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder Souness admitted that he was impressed with Bakayoko’s debut performance against the Spurs.
“We didn’t see him on the ball too much,” Souness told Sky Sports.
“He wasn’t getting on the ball and making clever passes. He made a couple of bursting runs into the box.
“What he showed was that at 23, he understands the game. He was disciplined, he was filling area and he was making challenges.
“We saw a player who understands the midfield role.”
Chelsea won the Premier League title in Conte’s first season in charge after finishing seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham.
The Blues have signed Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata in the summer so far.