Chelsea wary of Group E upsets

Chelsea will not get ahead of themselves, despite being handed a relatively straightforward group in Thursday's Champions League group stage draw.

He can't see how poorly Chelsea is playing.

Chelsea will face Valencia, the former club of latest new signing Juan Mata, plus Bayer Leverkusen - where Michael Ballack is now playing - and Genk from Belgium in Group E.

Chelsea communications director Steve Atkins said: "Every draw throws up challenges and this is no different, and I have spoken to Andre [Villas-Boas] and he certainly feels that too.

"Valencia is a formidable team and a very difficult place to go with their support - Juan Mata will be returning there a little bit more quickly than he thought!

"Bayer Leverkusen is also a difficult one and we will be delighted to meet up with Michael Ballack again, and Genk too are full of talent and should not be underestimated."

Champions League Group Stage

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Bayern Munich Trabzonspor  Manchester United Olympique Lyonnais
Manchester City LOSC Lille FC Basle Dinamo Zagreb
SSC Napoli CSKA Moscow Otelul Galati Real Madrid
Villareal Inter Milan Benfica Ajax

 

Group E Group F Group G Group H
Valencia Arsenal Zenit St. petersburg BATE Borisov
Chelsea Olympiakos Porto Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen Olympique Marseille Shakhtar Donetsk AC Milan
Racing Genk Borussia Dortmund APOEL Viktoria Plzen


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