Dates announced for Champions League group games
news Thu 28 Aug 2014
The Champions League draw has grouped Chelsea with Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor.
The schedule for the games is as follows:
Wednesday 17 September - Chelsea v Schalke
Tuesday 30 September - Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea
Tuesday 21 October - Chelsea v Maribor
Wednesday 5 November - Maribor v Chelsea
Tuesday 25 November - Schalke v Chelsea
Wednesday 10 December - Chelsea v Sporting Lisbon
Ticket details to follow.
Monaco hosted the proceedings on Thursday afternoon with the Blues among the eight top-seeded clubs.
German side Schalke, whom we faced in last season’s group stage, were in Pot 2 containing the next eight teams ranked by UEFA coefficient, with Sporting coming out of Pot 3 and Maribor from Slovenia from the last eight clubs drawn.
While Schalke are familiar opponents, with Chelsea recording two 3-0 wins against them last season and a 2-0 home win and a 0-0 draw in Gelsenkirchen back in the group stage in 2007, we have not played a competitive game against Sporting Lisbon previously. They came second in the Portuguese league last season, their first top-two finish since 2009.
Maribor are also new to us. The team from Slovenia’s second largest city, and conquerors of Celtic in a qualifier this week, are in the group stage for the second time in their history.
The full draw is:
Zenit St Petersburg
The group opposition will be mirrored in the UEFA Youth League which begins its second season and is for Under-19 teams.