Chelsea Champions League draw 2019/20: When is it, who can they face and what is the best possible scenario?

29 Aug

Frank Lampard has a special relationship with the Champions League and the new Chelsea manager will be hoping this continues now he has moved into the dugout.

In 2012, the former England international lifted the famous trophy in Germany after managing to beat Bayern Munich in their own back yard.

In order to repeat that feat, Lampard will be well aware his young side will need an extra slice of luck when the group stages are sorted out on Thursday evening.

Frank Lampard will be hoping to repeat his heroics from 2012 now he is manager of Chelsea
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When and where is the draw?

The group stage draw will take place in Monaco on Thursday, 29 August at 5pm GMT.

How can I watch the draw?

The draw will be streamed live through UEFA’s official website and will also be available to watch live on BT Sport.

You can also tune into Drivetime from 5pm to listen to live reaction on talkSPORT by following this link.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEEDINGS

Pot 1

  • Liverpool
  • Chelsea
  • Barcelona
  • Bayern Munich
  • Juventus
  • Manchester City
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Zenit

Pot 2

  • Real Madrid
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Napoli
  • Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Tottenham
  • Ajax
  • Benfica

Pot 3

  • Lyon
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • Salzburg
  • Olympiacos
  • Club Brugge
  • Valencia
  • Inter Milan
  • Dinamo Zagreb

Pot 4

  • Lokomotiv Moscow
  • Genk
  • Galatasaray
  • RB Leipzig
  • Slavia Prague
  • Red Star Belgrade
  • Atalanta
  • Lille

Key details

Teams from the same country cannot be drawn together.

Teams will be split into four seeding pots with Pot 1 consisting of the holders (Liverpool), the Europa League winners (Chelsea) and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations.

Pots 2, 3 and 4 are determined by the club’s coefficient ranking, according to UEFA.

Chelsea’s best case scenario?

Pot 2 – Benfica

Benfica are by far the easiest team to face from Pot 2
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Considering Pot 2 of the Champions League this year contains the likes of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, drawing Benfica would be probably Chelsea’s best hope.

The Portuguese giants have parted with their most lucrative and influential player in wonderkid Joao Felix who joined Atletico.

Lisbon is also relatively easy destination to get to from west London, meaning Lampard is unlikely to struggle with jet lag or squad rotation too greatly.

Pot 3 – Club Brugge

Club Brugge are set to be bolstered by the signing of Victor Wanyama from Spurs
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Much like Benfica, Club Brugge lost two of their best players this summer. Wesley became Aston Villa’s club-record signing, while Arnaut Danjuma also moved to the Premier League to join Bournemouth.

The Belgian side hold a slim advantage over LASK in their Champions League Play-off and are expected to progress through to Pot 3.

Simon Mignolet could well be returning to England to face off against familiar foes.

Pot 4 – Slavia Prague

NGolo Kante tangles with Jan Boril in the Europa League tie at Stamford Bridge last season
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Chelsea will already be familiar with many of the Slavia Prague players, having faced them in the Europa League last season.

The Blues won 5-3 on aggregate in the quarter-final tie and would surely fancy their chances in the Champions League this time around.

The Czech side hold a 1-0 lead over CFR Cluj and will be hoping to make it to the top table of European football.

You can follow the Champions League draw live on talkSPORT.com from 5pm on Thursday, August 29

Celtic handed tough route to Champions League group stages with Slavia Prague the opponent if they can beat CFR Cluj

5 Aug

Celtic have been given a tough path to the Champions League group stage after the draw was made on Monday.

Neil Lennon’s side have already seen off Nomme Kalju in the second qualifying round with a 7-0 aggregate victory.

Neil Lennon and his Celtic side have a tough route to the Champions League group stages
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If they can get past CFR Cluj in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, then they will have to face Czech champions Slavia Prague.

The potential clash with last year’s Europa League quarter-finalists was one they will have wanted to avoid at Monday’s draw in Nyon.

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Slavia pushed Chelsea close in two games last year, losing 1-0 at home before a 4-3 defeat at Stamford Bridge saw them bow out 5-3 on aggregate.

For the time being Celtic’s minds are firmly focused on Cluj, who they face in the first leg in Romania on Wednesday.

If Celtic overcome Cluj, they will be at least guaranteed a place in the Europa League group stages should they be defeated by Slavia.

If last year’s semi-finalists Ajax overcome PAOK Salonika, they will face either Apoel of Cyprus or Qarabag of Azerbaijan.

Chelsea predicted team news: Eden Hazard rested and Olivier Giroud to start Europa League tie against Slavia Prague?

11 Apr

Maurizio Sarri is expected to ring the changes for Chelsea’s trip to Slavia Prague on Thursday night.

The Europa League may well represent the best chance for the Blues to qualify for next season’s Champions League so they will surely take the quarter-final tie seriously.

Eden Hazard is expected to get a rest against Slavia Prague

Sarri’s men have scored 25 goals so far in the competition and conceded just three, so complacency has not been a problem.

But, with a huge fixture against Liverpool on Sunday and the race for fourth intensifying, the Italian will surely have to rotate.

After his match-winning performance against West Ham United on Monday night, Eden Hazard is expected to be rested ahead of the trip to Anfield and Sarri admitted there could be a huge upheaval.

“I don’t know because yesterday he had only recovery training in the gym so I didn’t see him,” he said.

Olivier Giroud is likely to get a starting role

“This morning he was tired like the other players with 90 minutes and so I want to wait until tomorrow morning and I will decide.

“Slavia played on Saturday but we played Monday, I don’t know why. We need to change five or six players.”

So just how could Chelsea line up for their trip to the Sinobo Stadium? Scroll down to see talkSPORT.com’s predicted starting XI.

(4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante, Barkley; Pedro, Willian, Giroud

Europa League: 2019 winners predicted by Super Computer

15 Mar

The Europa League route to the final has been decided and we know who will face who in the quarter-finals.

Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea have ties of varying degrees of difficulty with the Gunners facing Serie A giant Napoli and the Blues battling Slavia Prague.

The Europa League quarter-finals draw.

There is also an all-Spanish tie between Villarreal and Valencia, while Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt will compete in an intriguing encounter.

It’s hard to predict what will happen but unafraid of the odds, talkSPORT.com have fired up their famous Super Computer to predict final stages of the Europa League, including the final.

You can see the results below…

And if you think you’re better at predictions than the super computer, give the talkSPORT predictor game a go!

Quarter-finals

Napoli vs Arsenal

First leg – 1-0

Second leg – 1-1 – Napoli win 2-1 on aggregate

Villarreal vs Valencia

First leg – 2-1

Second leg – 1-1 – Villarreal win 3-2 on aggregate

Santi Cazorla celebrates scoring for Villarreal.

Benfica vs Eintracht Frankfurt

First leg – 2-1

Second leg – 1-1 – Benfica win 3-2 on aggregate

Slavia Prague vs Chelsea

First leg – 0-2

Second leg – 3-0 – Chelsea win 5-0 on aggregate

Chelsea advanced to the Europa League quarter-finals thanks to Olivier Giroud .

Semi-finals

Napoli vs Villarreal

First leg – 2-1

Second leg – 1-1 – Napoli win 3-2 on aggregate

Benfica vs Chelsea

First leg – 1-1

Second leg – 2-0 – Chelsea win 3-1 on aggregate

Napoli are among the favourites to win the Europa League

Final

Napoli 2-1 Chelsea