A new Champions League campaign kicks off with a maiden meeting between the two most recent Europa League winners, and our preview begins with all the key facts and figures...
Chelsea have never met Sevilla in European competition. They will be the 54th different side we have met in the Champions League and the fifth from Spain.
The clubs have previously played in two friendlies in the seventies, the most recent in August 1978 at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in front of a 40,000 crowd.
Our team that day, managed by Ken Shellito, was: Peter Bonetti, Gary Locke, Graham Wilkins, David Hay (Ian Britton), Micky Droy, Steve Wicks, Kenny Swain, Ray Wilkins, Bill Garner (Trevor Aylott), Garry Stanley, Clive Walker (Lee Frost). We lost 3-2 with our goals coming from Swain and Aylott.
Chelsea’s biggest home win in the Champions League:
21/10/2014 Chelsea 6-0 Maribor Group stage12/09/2017 Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag Group stage
Sevilla’s biggest away win in the Champions League:
12/12/2007 Slavia Prague 0-3 Sevilla Group stage
Last season’s matchday one fixture
CHELSEA 0 VALENCIA 1Champions League group H, Stamford Bridge, 17.09.19, 8pm
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Arrizabalaga; Zouma (Giroud 73), Christensen, Tomori; Azpilicueta (c), Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 79), Alonso; Willian, Mount (Pedro 16); AbrahamUnused subs Caballero, Guehi, Pulisic, Batshuayi.Injured Hudson-Odoi, James, Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Emerson, Rudiger, GilmourHead coach Frank LampardBooked Jorginho 33, Giroud 89Penalty miss Barkley 87 (off target)
Valencia (4-4-2) Cillessen; Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Coquelin, Kondogbia, Parejo (c), Cheryshev (Diakhaby 90+2); Rodrigo (Lee 90), Gameiro (Maxi Gomez 70)Unused subs Domenech, Jaume Costa, Torres, Goncalo GuedesHead coach Albert CeladesScorer Rodrigo 74Booked Coquelin 8
Referee Cuneyt Cakır (Turkey)Attendance 39,469
This is our 29th season in European competition and 17th in the Champions League.
We have won our Champions League group 11 times, although we finished runners-up in the last two, in 2017/18 and 2019/20.
Chelsea's last four Champions League campaigns have ended in the round of 16. In 2019/20 we were beaten by the eventual champions Bayern Munich. The defeat in Munich in the second leg ended our club record 10-match unbeaten away run in Europe.
The 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid on matchday two in 2017/18 is our only success in our last 10 fixtures against La Liga clubs, home and away (five draws, four defeats).
Tuesday evening will be the 14th occasion of 17 and 13th of the last 14 that our opening Champions League fixture has been at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are hoping to avoid three consecutive defeats in Europe for the first time.
The Blues have only lost the first match in a Champions League campaign twice in our 16 previous seasons in the competition (winning 10) – Basel in 2013/14 and Valencia last season.
That Valencia defeat is the only one in our past 14 Champions League group games at Stamford Bridge (winning nine).
Timo Werner has been directly involved in nine goals in his last 11 Champions League appearances, all for RB Leipzig between November 2017 and March 2020 (seven goals, two assists).
Werner is hoping to become the third German player to score for Chelsea in the Champions League, after Michael Ballack (four goals) and Andre Schurrle (two).
Last seasonLa Liga - FourthCopa del Rey - Round of 16Europa League - WinnersTop scorer all competitions: Lucas Ocampos 17
This is Sevilla's sixth Champions League group stage campaign, and first since 2017/18, when they reached the quarter-finals. They have qualified for the knockout round in all but one of the previous five attempts. They haven’t lost on matchday one since 2007/08, when they were beaten 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium by Arsenal.
Last season, Julen Lopetegui's side won the Europa League/UEFA Cup for a record sixth time, all of them since 2006.
Last season's wins against Wolves and Manchester United made it three successive victories against Premier League opponents for Sevilla, who have lost only one of their last nine games against English clubs (five wins, three draws).
Sevilla have coped less well against English opposition in the Champions League group stage, winning one of their six matches.
They have won one of their seven away major European matches in England (three draws, three defeats), a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in March 2018. All seven of their away games have been against different teams – Bolton, Tottenham, Arsenal, Man City, Leicester, Liverpool and Man Utd.
Sevilla lost on Saturday for the first time in La Liga in 19 matches since Celta Vigo beat them on 9 February. It was their second defeat of the season in all competitions after losing 2-1 to Bayern Munich in the Super Cup in Budapest.
Sevilla's last La Liga game
La Liga Saturday 17 OctoberGranada 1 Sevilla 0Team 4-3-3: Bono; Navas (c), Gomez (Vazquez 85), Carlos, Escudero (Acuna 18); Jordan, Fernando, Rakitic; Suso (Ocampos h/t), Fernandez (De Jong h/t), Munir (En-Nesyri 70)Sent off: Jordan 45+4
Sevilla’s major summer moves
INSMarcos Acuna - Sporting LisbonYassine Bounou - GironaOussama Idrissi - AZ AlkmaarIvan Rakitic - BarcelonaKarim Rekik - HerthaOscar Rodriguez - Real MadridSuso - AC Milan
OUTSEver Banega - al-ShababSebastien Corchia - releasedBryan Gil - Eibar, loanSimon Kjaer - AC MilanRoque Mesa - releasedAlejandro Pozo - Eibar, loanSergio Rico - Paris Saint-GermainRony - Nice, loanJuan Soriano - Malaga, loan
Marcos Alonso is suspended (second of three) for his red card against Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge last season.
In the Champions League, three yellow cards will result in a one match suspension in the competition.
Referee and VAR
Referee: Davide MassaVAR: Marco Di Bello
This will be Davide Massa's first Chelsea game and first Sevilla game.
Chelsea's Champions League squad