Chelsea were drawn against Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor in their Champions League group.
If Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could have hand picked his team’s Champions League group from the draw yesterday, he probably would have gone for something similar to the group the Blues ended up with.
Chelsea will face games against FC Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor as they bid to go one better than last season and make it into the final of this season’s European Cup.
The matches against Schalke will be difficult because the German side are very experienced in this competition in the recent past.
Germany is also a very difficult place to go and play football.
German clubs keep the prices of their tickets down, which means sell out crowds at big venues and Schalke’s fans will back them to cause an upset when the Blues come to town.
Sporting are also a difficult proposition for Chelsea to negotiate because they have some extremely talented individual players.
Whether Sporting have the tactical expertise to get the better of Chelsea or to get out of this group is doubtful.
However, they have plenty of players who can hurt Chelsea if any of Jose Mourinho’s men go to sleep at a key time during a big game, which could make the difference between first and second place.
Maribor are the clear underdogs for this group and the Blues will be targeting them for six points in their matches at home and away.
They could try and work that to their advantage because what do they have to lose?
Chelsea are the favourites to win this group and if they achieve that, they should be handed a more favourable game heading into the last 16 of the competition where they competed well last season.
Here’s what Chelsea fans have had to say about their group on social media website Twitter.
Chelsea can afford to divert complete attention towards the Premier League. Should comfortably top our group. Fantastic draw for Chelsea.— Haris (@CampeonesOleOle) August 28, 2014
Great champions league draw for Chelsea. Probably the easiest draw you could have asked for. Helps when the team is settling down. #CFC— BlueChampion (@BlueChampion) August 29, 2014
Happy with the CL Draw for #Chelsea great chance of at least QF again then hope it is our year KTBFFH— Mark Porter (@MarkPJPorter) August 28, 2014
What a great draw for the blue boys! Group G: Chelsea, FC Schalke, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor #ChampionsLeagueDraw— Ben Baylis-Davey (@ben_baylisdavey) August 28, 2014
Group G, where the 'G' stands for really 'Great' draw for Chelsea.— theyunger (@guennadi_) August 28, 2014
This is looking like a great draw for Chelsea so far. Schalke and Sporting Lisbon will not be causing any sleepless nights for Mourinho— #GGMU GeGE #GGMU (@AOsayi) August 28, 2014
Great draw for Chelsea. Dodged a few bullets there.— Matt Williams (@m_w890) August 28, 2014
Great draw for chelsea so far, no long travel and decent opponents— ryan davis (@ryandavis77) August 28, 2014