Chelsea’s Champions League group stage rivals

Chelsea’s Champions League group stage rivals

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With Chelsea’s Champions League group stage to start tomorrow, we give a comprehensive round up of all of the Blues’ rivals.

Jose Mourinho’s side were drawn in Group G along with Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev, Portuguese side FC Porto and Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Dynamo Kiev

2014-15:

League finish: Champions – Ukrainian Premier League

Champions League finish: Didn’t qualify – Quarter finals of the Europa League (lost to 3-1 on aggregate to Fiorentina)

Manager: Serhiy Rebrov

Stadium (attendance): NSC Olimpiyskiy (70,050) – 2,401km away from Stamford Bridge

Champions League titles: None

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GOAL: FINISH SECOND

The Ukrainians would, in the minds of most, be sure fire shots for third place in the group, with Porto to finish second. However, Kiev will want to impress and do better than what they did last year in the Europa League – punching above their weight will be the aim. They have to win games against Maccabi, home and away, and with Chelsea’s current form having nose-dived, they will fancy a full six points there too.

 

FC Porto

2014-15:

League finish: Runners up – Portuguese Primeira Liga

Champions League finish: Quarter Finals (lost 7-4 on aggregate to Bayern Munich)

 

Manager: Julen Lopetegui

Stadium (attendance): Estadio do Dragao (50,092) – 2,029km away from Stamford Bridge

Champions League titles: Two (1987, 2004)

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GOAL: WIN THE GROUP Mourinho’s former side will aim to take advantage of Chelsea’s current form. Most would predict them to finish second anyway – but the 27-time Primeira Liga winners will want to win the group most definitely. Despite having sold star man Jackson Martinez, Porto have the natural quality to be able to at least finish second in the group. Instead of it asking how good Porto are, one may want to ask how bad the opposition are.

 

Maccabi Tel Aviv

2014-15:

League finish: Champions – Israeli Premier League

Champions League finish: Third qualifying round

 

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic SStadium (attendance): Bloomfield Stadium (14,413) – 5,703km away from Stamford Bridge

Champions League titles: None

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GOAL: SAVE FACE

It will be a complete miracle if Maccabi, whose side include former Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun, actually qualify. With this in mind, their aim will simply to be to save as much face as possible. No one expects anything of them… probably not even themselves.