With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look at Chelsea's past away encounters with Ukrainian sides...
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Tonight brings Chelsea’s second-ever trip to play Dynamo Kiev and the first in this competition. The Blues previously faced the White-Blues in October 2015 in a Champions League group stage match.
Jose Mourinho, who had steered his team to the Premier League title a few months earlier, had been frustrated by the domestic results. He selected a defensive unit with Kurt Zouma at right-back for the visit to a side coached by former Spurs forward Sergey Rebrov and with rising star Andriy Yarmolenko (now at West Ham) in their ranks.
Playing on the counter-attack, the closest the Blues came was when Eden Hazard hit the post and former Shakhtar man Willian the bar from a free-kick. Further chances were missed by Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic and the game ended 0-0. You can view the best moments here.
Chelsea won the home match 2-1 thanks a Willian free-kick very similar to the one he netted last week. Both clubs went on to reach the knockout phase, Chelsea as group winners, but exited together in the Round of 16.
Eighteen-year-old debutant Frank Blunstone instantly impressed travelling fans by putting Chelsea 2-1 ahead in a 3-2 win at White Hart Lane on 14 March 1953, despite attending the funeral of his older brother John the day before.
The Londoners’ only other Ukrainian hosts were Dynamo’s great domestic rivals, Shakhtar, in the 2012/13 Champions League group stage.
The game was at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk, 400 miles from Kiev. Robert Di Matteo’s defending champions lost leadership of the group to the Miners with a 1-2 defeat. Eden Hazard was left out of the starting line-up but Frank Lampard became the first Chelsea player to make 100 UEFA competition appearances.
Our only previous meeting in Kiev
DYNAMO KIEV 0 CHELSEA 0
Champions League Group G, NSK Olimpiyskyi, 20.10.15, 7.45pm
Dynamo Kiev (4-1-4-1): Shovkovskiy (c); Danilo Silva, Khacheridi, Dragovic, Vida; Rybalka; Yarmolenko, Sydorchuk, Buyalskiy (Garmash 82), Gonzalez; Kravets (Junior Moraes 78). Unused subs: Rybka, Antunes, Petrovic, Gusev, Veloso.
Manager: Serhiy Rebrov
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fàbregas (Oscar 75), Hazard; Diego Costa.
Unused subs: Blackman, Baba, Mikel, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao.
Manager: José Mourinho
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Chelsea’s biggest away win in Europe
15/09/71 Jeunesse Hautcharage 0-8 Chelsea Cup Winners’ Cup 1st rd 1st leg
Dynamo’s biggest home win in Europe
22/07/1998 Dynamo Live 8-0 Barry Town Champions League qual rd 1st leg