Three awkward teams stand between the Blues and the knockout phase
Chelsea’s group stage schedule has now been confirmed:
• Valencia (H) – 17th September
• Lille (A) – 2nd October
• Ajax (A) – 23rd October
• Ajax (H) – 5th November
• Valencia (A) – 27th November
• Lille (H) – 10th December
After a season away, Chelsea are back in the UEFA Champions League.
Whilst avoiding the majority of the bigger sides we could have been paired, the Blues still face three tricky sides in Ajax Amsterdam, Valencia CF and Lille OSC.
Not the hardest group, but the not the easiest either. An awkward group draw – which was helped to be conducted by our very own Blues legend and current ‘Performance and Technical Advisor’ Petr Čech – is the best way to decide the group. Despite this, Frank Lampard’s side should be optimistic about progressing to the knockout phase in February next year.
Chelsea have never played Ajax or Lille in a competitive match before, but the Blues unbeaten against Valencia in six games against the La Liga side, including the two wins over them in the victorious 2011-12 campaign.
As of right now, the exact fixtures and dates are still to be determined.
Looking ahead though, we do now what our schedule will be around the (at least) six games in Europe this season –
Matchday 1 vs ??? (Sept 17th) | Liverpool (H – Sept 22nd)
Matchday 2 vs ??? (Oct 1st) | Southampton (A – Oct 6th)
Matchday 3 vs ??? (Oct 22nd) | Burnley (A – Oct 26th)
Matchday 4 vs ??? (Nov 5th) | Crystal Palace (H – Nov 9th)
Matchday 5 vs ??? (Nov 26th) | West Ham (H – Nov 30th)
Matchday 6 vs ??? (Dec 10th) | Bournemouth (H – Dec 14th)
With four games at home, with only one game against a top-six side in Liverpool, our ‘post-Champions League match’ games look to be favourable on paper.
The full results of the 2019-20 Champions League group stage draw, including the Group F Group of Death is as follows:
GROUP A – Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasaray
GROUP B – Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, Olympiacos, Red Star Belgrade
GROUP C – Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta
GROUP D – Juventus, Atlético Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moscow
GROUP E – Liverpool, Napoli, Red Bull Salzburg, Genk
GROUP F – Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia Prague
GROUP G – Zenit St Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, Red Bull Leipzig
GROUP H – Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille
Good luck to the Blues this season being back in Europe’s elite competition.