Chelsea may be struggling in the Premier League, but it is in the Champions League where they have more recently tasted success.
Just two seasons ago, and with Thomas Tuchel a little over four months in the job, the Blues won their second Champions League crown by beating Manchester City.
Fast forward 15 months, and Chelsea will be hoping Thursday’s group-stage draw gives them a little respite after a humbling start to the new Premier League season, most recently losing 3-0 at Leeds.
Chelsea find themselves to Pot 2, here’s the lay of the land ahead of the group stage draw.
Champions League pots
Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Man City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Ajax
Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham
Borussia Dortmund, Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting Lisbon, Bayer Leverkusen
Marseille, Club Brugge, Celtic
TBC: Benfica, Rangers, Dinamo Zabreb, Red Star, Copenhagen, Viktoria Plzen
- Eintracht Frankfurt
- Club Brugge
Group of death
- Real Madrid
- Inter Milan
The draw for the Champions League group stage is on Thursday, August 25, at 5pm BST.