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Thursday, August 29, 2019
More on the Champions league group stage draw for the blues.
The blues have been drawn against Ajax, Valencia FC and FC Lille in the Group stages of the 2019/2020 champions league.
The draw was made in Monaco on Thursday evening and has also established the teams Chelsea Under-19s will be playing in the UEFA Youth League, which has groups mirroring those of the senior competition.
After a season away playing in the Europa League, which we won, we were in the pot for the top Champions League seeds thanks to our triumph in Baku in May, and it was our own Petr Cech who was one of the former star players chosen to pull the balls from the pots and set up the group-stage rivalries.
He helped select games for the Blues against Dutch champions and last season's Champions League semi-finalists Ajax, whom we have never previously played in a competitive fixture and were in Pot 2. Familiar opponents for Chelsea in this competition, Valencia, came from Pot 3 and from the pot of the lowest seeds came French runners-up Lille.
The dates of our six Champions League fixtures are:
Matchday 1 Tuesday 17 September - Chelsea v Valencia, kick-off 8pm UK time
Matchday 2 Wednesday 2 October - Lille v Chelsea, kick-off 8pm UK time
Matchday 3 Wednesday 23 October - Ajax v Chelsea, kick-off 5.55pm UK time
Matchday 4 Tuesday 5 November - Chelsea v Ajax, kick-off 8pm UK time
Matchday 5 Wednesday 27 November - Valencia v Chelsea, kick-off 5.55pm UK time
Matchday 6 Tuesday 10 December - Chelsea v Lille, kick-off 8pm UK time