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 warmed up for their visit to Stamford Bridge with a 2-0 victory away to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Adam Szalai scored in the 26th minute, heading in Dennis Aogo’s cross at the near post. And 1-0 was how the game stayed until deep into second-half injury-time, when Julian Draxler doubled the visitors’ lead with a 20-yard shot.
The result means Schalke are sixth in the Bundesliga, with Hertha two points and one place below them.
The Romanian side remained top of their domestic league despite only drawing 1-1 away to Corona Brasov.
The hosts took the lead courtesy of an own goal from Steaua defender Lukasz Szukala. But the champions equalised three minutes into the second-half, when they were awarded a penalty, dispatched by Nicolae Stanciu.
Steaua are now four points clear at the top of Liga 1, with a game in hand over second-place Petrolul Ploiesti.
The Swiss side continued their recent tradition of drawing as they could only match the opposition for their third consecutive game.
This time it was a 1-1 draw away to Aarau, a result that means they are now just two points clear of second-place Grasshoppers.
But it was almost considerably worse for the league leaders, with only a stoppage-time equaliser from Marco Streller preventing an unlikely defeat.
Linus Hallenius put the home side ahead after 50 minutes, and with the final whistle fast approaching it was Streller’s 93rd-minute rescue act that saved Basel’s blushes, along with a point.
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