This evening Chelsea will discover their Champions League fate in the group stage draw taking place is Istanbul from 5pm UK time.
Chelsea have qualified for Europe’s top competition for four years running, and have shown under Thomas Tuchel their ability to seriously compete against the continent’s best,
winning the whole thing in 2021. But this year’s group stage will bring unique challenges given the condensed schedule before the World Cup kicks off in November.
The group stage of the competition this year will start earlier and finish by the start of November, meaning consecutive midweek fixtures to ensure all the games are completed.
Depending on the draw and distance needed to travel for away games in the group, Tuchel’s path could be made a lot trickier with the potential of the likes of Dinamo Zagreb, Shakhtar and Maccabi Haifa all in pots that could be matched with Chelsea.
So, with this being said, football.london takes a look at the Champions League group stage fixtures that come directly after a Premier League match