Now that the UEFA Champions League group stage draw is official, Chelsea’s terrible stretch of games in October and November can be seen.
The UEFA Champions League group for Chelsea is now set. The Blues will play AC Milan, FC Salzburg, and Dinamo Zagreb as they try to get to the Round of 16 in the European competition.
Real Madrid beat Chelsea in the quarterfinals of the Champions League last year. Real Madrid went on to win the tournament. Thomas Tuchel won the competition in his first year with the club, and he will try to win it again this time.
This season, however, the schedule is different because the FIFA World Cup is being played in the winter instead of the summer. This makes the list of games much shorter. From September to November, which is about 70 days, Chelsea will play about 18 times. This means that the Blues will play about once every four days before the World Cup in Qatar.
In that worst-case scenario, Chelsea will have to play AC Milan, Salzburg, and. Chelsea has to go to Milan for a rare away game. Milan now has former Chelsea stars Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud on their roster.
Milan hopes to do well in the competition they have won seven times. They won Serie A last season, beating their rivals Inter, who are also from Milan.
Chelsea will also play against Salzburg, a team with less experience in the tournament. Some of the best players on the Austrian team are Benjamin Sesko and Noah Okafor. Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia is another team that the Blues will play both at home and on the road.