The UEFA Champions League is back and for Chelsea, they will be aiming to retain their title for the first time in the club’s history.
Around three months ago, the Blues beat Manchester City 1-0 in Portugal thanks to Kai Havertz’s first-half strike past Ederson.
Thomas Tuchel, after just a few months in charge at Stamford Bridge, secured his first major honour as Chelsea manager and will be looking to add to the club’s trophy cabinet this season.
So, with that being said, football.london has rounded up all of the key information you need to know ahead of this week’s Champions League draw.
When and where is the draw?
The draw for the group stage of this season’s competition takes place on Thursday, August 26, around 5pm (UK time) in Istanbul, Turkey.
Who is in the draw?
A total of 29 teams from across Europe have so far qualified for the group stage, with three more clubs’ fate still to be decided, with the Premier League having four sides in the competition.
The following are all the clubs already through to the Champions League group stage.
England: Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea
Spain: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid
Germany: Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg
Italy: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus and Atalanta
France: LOSC Lille and Paris Saint-Germain
Portugal: Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Benfica
Russia: Zenit Saint Petersburg
Belgium: Club Brugge
Ukraine: Dynamo Kyiv
Switzerland: Young Boys
These are the games that still need to be played in order to decide who reaches the group stage.
Ties to be played on Wednesday, August 25:
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) vs Monaco (FRA) – aggregate: 1-0
Brondby (DEN) vs RB Salzburg (AUS) – aggregate: 1-2
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) vs Sherrif Tirsapol (MOL) – aggregate: 0-3
How to watch the draw
The Champions League draw will be shown live on BT Sport 2 and on the BT Sport website, but will require a subscription to the broadcaster.
UEFA will also be streaming the draw live on their official website.
You can follow all the coverage live here from 3pm on Thursday on football.london.
Source by Football London