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.
Schalke got over their defeat to Chelsea in impressive style, coming from a goal down to beat Werder Bremen 3-1.
Felix Kroos put the visitors ahead in the 22nd minute, stealing possession from Roman Neustadter and scoring his first Bundesliga goal.
But his joy would turn to despair as Kevin-Prince Boateng snatched a brace.
Boateng also played a hand in the third, feeding Julian Draxler who in turn set up Jefferson Farfan in injury-time.
The result means Schalke are sixth going into the international break, while Bremen are 10th.
The league leaders won 3-1 away to Tuggen in the Swiss Cup on Sunday.
Two goals in seven second-half minutes, first from Mohamed Salah and then Giovanni Sio, put the visitors in control. And although Veton Krasniqi halved the deficit with 16 minutes to play, Basel eased to the victory when Marcelo Diaz restored the two-goal lead with just eight minutes of normal-time remaining.
The Romanian side’s match against Universitatea Cluj-Napoca was postponed at the weekend.
However Steaua remain top of their domestic league on goal-difference, having played two games less than second-placed FC Astra.
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