Every week we will take a look at how Chelsea’s Champions League opponents have fared in their domestic competitions, giving fans a hint of what to expect in the build-up to the matches that will take place in the coming months.
The German side came from behind twice to finally seal a 3-2 win away to Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.
The newly-promoted hosts took their first home lead of the season when Orhan Ademi fired them ahead in the 20th minute. But Schalke equalised nine minutes later through Max Meyer.
When Karim Bellarabi put Braunschweig ahead for the second time, it seemed Chelsea’s next group stage opponents could be slipping to an unlikely defeat. But Leon Goretzka made it 2-2 with 22 minutes left to play.
As the clock ticked down, it appeared the points would be shared, until Roman Neustadter broke the home fans’ hearts with an injury-time winner.
The result temporarily sent Schalke into the top four, although they have now slipped to fifth, while their opponents remain bottom with four points from nine Bundesliga games.
The Romanian side remained top of their domestic league after a 4-0 victory at home to Viitorul Constanta.
A quick-fire double in the first 12 minutes saw Steaua take control of the match, as Nicolae Stanciu opened the scoring before Adrian Putanu put through his own net.
The Constanta central defender then made it a brace of own-goals in the 66th minute. But another home player did get on the score-sheet, as Leandro Tatu made it four with just five minutes to play.
The Swiss side recorded an impressive 3-0 victory at home to third-placed St. Gallen on Saturday.
Midfielder Fabian Frei opened the scoring in the 28th minute and Marco Streller made it two shortly after half-time.
A third from Taulant Xhaka proved to be the final goal in an emphatic victory and following something of a six-pointer, Basel are now seven points clear of St. Gallen, and six clear of second-place Grasshoppers.
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