Having made a poor start to this campaign, many people have been, perhaps naively, writing Chelsea off. However, with the recent addition of ex-Barcelona forward Pedro, they look a reinvigorated side. Under Jose Mourinho, who himself has lifted the Champions League on two previous occasions (2004 with Porto and 2010 with Inter Milan) the Blues must surely be treated as serious contenders. Question marks remain over their defence, however, with John Terry’s performances and ability to maintain the consistency shown in previous seasons particularly under the spotlight.
Mourinho’s men were handed a seemingly straightforward draw, with old club FC Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel-Aviv standing between them and the knockout stage. With the exception of a potentially tricky homecoming for Jose in Portugal, Chelsea fans will be expecting reasonably comfortable wins in this year’s group stage and to go further than the last-16, where they were defeated by PSG last term.