Chelsea’s dream and nightmare Champions League draw best and worst case scenarios for the group stage

Chelsea awaits their 2022/23 Champions League opponent. The group stage draw will begin at 5pm UK time on Thursday, August 25 in Istanbul.

The Blues won the Champions League in 2020/21 but lost to Real Madrid this year. Chelsea will be considered a contender again.

In 12 days, clubs and fans may start organizing travels around Europe for the competition. Final qualifying ended Wednesday evening, therefore the draw may now be made.

Chelsea is in pot 2, with three other pots.

Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Manchester City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto, Ajax.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Spurs.
Pot 3: Dortmund, Salzburg, Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Benfica, Sporting CP, Leverkusen.
Rangers, Dinamo Zagreb, Marseille, Copenhagen, Club Brugge, Celtic, Viktoria Plzen, Maccabi Haifa.

Possibility best

Frankfurt, Sporting, Celtic.

AC Milan are the lowest-ranked pot one side in UEFA’s coefficient, and a trip to the San Siro before it’s dismantled would be attractive, but their history and Serie A title make them a challenging opponent.

Eintracht Frankfurt won the Europa League in 2019, and Chelsea beat them. The Blues won on penalties and aim to do so again. Germany’s atmosphere might add excitement to the match. Porto is another option for reminiscing.

Bayer Leverkusen is the lowest-ranked team in pot 3, but a trip to Germany would be impossible if Chelsea is drawn with Frankfurt. As per UEFA’s coefficient, Sporting would be the best option for a trip to Portugal.

Celtic fell out of the Europa League last season and would be an easy trip for Chelsea fans. Parkhead would again give a great Champions League atmosphere, and the home nations battle would add some bite. Maccabi Haifa may be the easier matchup, but the long trip could hinder Premier League preparations.

WORST-CASE

Paris, Madrid, and Milan.

While it would be good for the Blues to get retribution, doing it when the stakes are higher may be more satisfying. It’s a recent trip, and it’s great to see another European giant.

Antonio Rudiger, Aurelian Tchouameni, and Eden Hazard might all shine against Los Blancos. Romelu Lukaku and Inter Milan might possibly haunt Stamford Bridge as current players. The Nerazzurri may not have won Serie A last season, but they have quality, and the Belgian will have something to prove.

Rangers would be the highest-ranked opponent in pot four, but their simple route might make Dinamo Zagreb or Marseille the most difficult. Alexis Sanchez, Dimitri Payet, Arkadiusz, and Jonathan Clauss were all linked to Chelsea this summer.

Chelsea awaits their 2022/23 Champions League opponent. The group stage draw will begin at 5pm UK time on Thursday, August 25 in Istanbul.
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