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.
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
- Bayern Munich
- Manchester City
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Real Madrid
- Atletico Madrid
- Borussia Dortmund
- Shakhtar Donetsk
- Bayer Leverkusen
- Club Brugge
- Inter Milan
- Dinamo Zagreb
- Lokomotiv Moscow
- RB Leipzig
- Slavia Prague
- Red Star Belgrade
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.
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Chelsea’s best case scenario?
Pot 2 – Benfica
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
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
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