The draw for the group stages of this season’s Champions League has taken place in Monaco.
Chelsea will be in Group A with AS Roma, Bordeaux, and CFR Cluj.
Group B: Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Panathinaikos, Anorthosis Famagusta.
Group C: Barcelona, Sporting Lisbon, FC Basel, Shakhtar Donetsk.
Group D: Liverpool, PSV Eindhoven, Marseille, Atletico Madrid.
Group E: Manchester United, Villarreal, Celtic AAB Aalborg.
Group F: Lyon, Bayern Munich, Steaua Bucharest, Fiorentina.
Group G: Arsenal, Porto, Fenerbahce, Dynamo Kiev.
Group H: Real Madrid, Juventus, Zenit St. Petersburg, Bate Borisov.
The dates of Chelsea’s games are as follows:
Tuesday 16th September – Bordeaux (home)
Wednesday 1st October – Cluj (away)
Wednesday 22nd October – Roma (home)
Tuesday 4th November – Roma (away)
Wednesday 26th November – Bordeaux (away)
Tuesday 9th December – Cluj (home)
Chelsea won three of the four European Club Footballer of the Year awards, which were announced during the draw. Petr Cech was voted the best goalkeeper, John Terry the best defender, and Frank Lampard the best midfielder. Cristiano Ronaldo won the best forward award, as well as the overall Player of the Year award.
In other news, Shaun Wright-Phillips has returned to his former club after Chelsea and Manchester City agreed terms earlier today.
He has signed a four-year contract at the City of Manchester Stadium having rejoined for an undisclosed fee.
Wright-Phillips joined Chelsea in 2005 for £21m. He made 65 starts and 59 appearances as a substitute, scoring ten goals.
I’m sure we all wish him the best in his future career.