PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: STEAUA BUCHAREST V CHELSEA

CHELSEA STATS
The Blues have topped our group in seven of our last 10 Champions League campaigns. Last season was the first time we failed to progress to the knockout stage.

Chelsea have won eight and lost seven of our last 22 away games in the Champions League.


Chelsea's away record against Romanian teams
2008/09 CFR Cluj D 0-0 Champions League group stage
2012/13 Steaua Bucharest L 0-1 Europa League round of 16 first leg

 

Chelsea's last 10 years in Europe
2003/04 - Champions League - semi-final
2004/05 - Champions League - semi-final
2005/06 - Champions League - round of 16
2006/07 - Champions League - semi-final
2007/08 - Champions League - runners-up
2008/09 - Champions League - semi-final
2009/10 - Champions League - round of 16
2010/11 - Champions League - quarter-final
2011/12 - Champions League - winners
2012/13 - Europa League - winners, having transferred from the Champions League group stage



Last six results
Aug 30 Bayern Munich (Super Cup) lost 4-5 on pens D 2-2
Sep 14 Everton (a) L 0-1
Sep 18 Basel (Champions League h) L 1-2
Sep 21 Fulham (h) W 2-0
Sep 24 Swindon (Capital One Cup a) W 2-0
Sat 28 Tottenham (a) D 1-1

 

Champions League games since
An away win: 2
An away draw: 3
An away defeat: 0

 

Chelsea's next three games
Sun 6 Oct Norwich away 1.30pm
Sat 19 Oct Cardiff home 3.00pm
Tue 22 Oct Schalke (Champions League) away 7.45pm

 

STEAUA STATS
Founded
1947

Major honours
24 Romanian league titles, last in 2013
22 Romanian Cups, last in 2011
1 European Cup in 1986
1 European Super Cup in 1986
6 Romanian Super Cups, last in 2013


Steaua Bucharest were the first eastern European team to win the UEFA European Cup (in 1986).

Steaua's National Arena, which has a capacity of 55,200, hosted the 2012 Europa League final between Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.


Steaua have spent all their history in the Romanian top-flight.

Last ten league seasons
2003/04 - 2nd
2004/05 - 1st
2005/06 - 1st
2006/07 - 2nd
2007/08 - 2nd
2008/09 - 6th
2009/10 - 4th
2010/11 - 5th
2011/12 - 3rd
2012/13 - 1st


Steaua won the Romanian League last season for the first time in seven years, winning 24 of their 34 matches with 79 points, a record 16 clear of runners-up Pandurii Targu Jiu.

Steaua have lost only one of their 16 games this season in all competitions, winning 11. They are undefeated in nine home matches this term.


Steaua's home games against English teams in Europe
1997/98 Aston Villa W 2-1 UEFA Cup third round first leg
1999/00 West Ham  W 2-0 UEFA Cup second round first leg
2003/04 Southampton W 1-0 UEFA Cup first round second leg
2003/04 Liverpool D 1-1 UEFA Cup second round first leg
2005/06 Middlesbrough W 1-0 UEFA Cup semi-final first leg
2007/08 Arsenal L 0-1 Champions League group stage
2010/11 Liverpool D 1-1 Europa League group stage
2012/13 Chelsea W 1-0 Europa League last 16 first leg
2010/11 Liverpool D 1-1 Europa League group stage
2012/13 Chelsea W 1-0 Europa League last 16 first leg

 

Ten-year European record
2003/04 - UEFA Cup second round
2004/05 - UEFA Cup round of 16
2005/06 - UEFA Cup semi-finals having transferred from the Champions League third qualifying round
2006/07 - UEFA Cup round of 32 having transferred from the Champions League group stage
2007/08 - Champions League group stage
2008/09 - Champions League group stage
2009/10 - Europa League group stage
2010/11 - Europa League group stage
2011/12 - Europa League round of 32
2012/13 - Europa League round of 16

 

Champions League results
Jul 16 FK Vardar (2nd qual h) W 3-0
Jul 23 FK Vardar (2nd qual a) W 2-1
Jul 30 Dinamo Tbilisi (3rd qual a) W 2-0
Aug 6 Dinamo Tbilisi (3rd qual h) D 1-1
Aug 21 Legia Warsaw (Play off h) D 1-1
Aug 27 Legia Warsaw (Play off a) won on away goals D 2-2
Group E
Sep 18 Schalke (a) L 0-3


European scorers (11): Piovaccari 3, Iancu 2, Bourceanu 1, Latovlevici 1, Pintilii 1, Stanciu 1, Tanase 1, own goal 1

 

Last six domestic results
Aug 17 CFR Cluj (h) W 3-0
Aug 24 Gaz Metan Medias (a) D 2-2
Sep 14 Sageata Navodari (h) W 5-0
Sep 22  Botosani (a) W 2-1
Sep 26 Avantul Barsana (Cup h) W 4-0
Sep 28 Poli Timisoara (h) W 3-0

 

PMB


 

Liga 1 top six
Pld Gd Pts
1 Astra 8 +17 19
2 Steaua Bucharest 7 +14 19
3 Petrolul Ploiesti 9 +6 19
4 Botosani 9 +4 18
5 Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt 9 +7 16
6 Pandurii Targu Jiu 9 +4 14

 

THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo, his two assistant referees and two additional assistants are all from Spain. He previously handled our 2-0 group stage win away to Spartak Moscow in 2010/11, the 2011/12 1-3 round of 16 defeat at Napoli and the 3-2 home victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2012/13 group stage.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.

Europa League bookings list

Players receive a one-match suspension for collecting three and five yellow cards.
Steaua (3): Bourceanu 1, Cristea 1, Popa 1.
Chelsea (1): Van Ginkel 1.