“Chelsea will play Atletico Madrid, Roma and Qarabag on our return to the Champions League group stage.
The draw was made in Monaco on Thursday evening and Chelsea, as champions of England, were one of the top-seeded teams. We were grouped with the team from the Spanish capital from Pot 2, the Rome side from Pot 3 and Qarabag from Azerbaijan from the lowest seeds in Pot 4″
THE DATES FOR THE GAMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Tuesday 12 September
Wednesday 27 September
Wednesday 18 October
Tuesday 31 October
Wednesday 22 November
Tuesday 5 December
We last played Atletico Madrid in the 2014 Champions League semi-final having previously met them in the group stages in 2009. They moved into a new stadium this year having finished third in La Liga last season, and have former Blues Fernando Torres and Filipe Luis in their squad.
We played Roma in the 2008/09 group stage. They qualified for this season’s Champions League as Italian runners-up with Antonio Rudiger in their side prior to his summer move to Chelsea.
Qarabag, the Azerbaijan champions, are new to this stage of the competition. They qualified by defeating Copenhagen on away goals in the play-off round last night. They currently play in their capital city Baku.
THE DRAW IN FULL:
Our Under-19s will face the same opposition teams in the UEFA Youth League. Our Academy are two-time winners of the competition.
Earlier in the day, the Chelsea first team were drawn against Nottingham Forest at home in the Carabao Cup, the new name for the League Cup.
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