Champions League Preview: Chelsea's Group G rivals
Published 16/09/2015 | 06:00
Chelsea need to get their season back on track quickly and could get the ball rolling with a win over Maccabi Tel Aviv tonight. The Blues will also have visits to Ukraine and Portugal to contend with.
Coach: Julen Lopetegui
Star turn: Iker Casillas
A run to last season’s quarter-finals and a first leg win against Bayern Munich confirmed that this consistent Champions League outfit are a threat against the best. However, they were blown away by Bayern in the second leg of that last-eight tie as they lack of genuine class was exposed.
Coach: Serhiy Rebrov
Star turn: Niko Kranjcar
Former Spurs striker Rebrov is forging a coaching career in the Champions League with Kiev this season and while they are a dominant force in Ukrainian football, the step up in class will be too much for them against Chelsea and FC Porto.
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Coach: Slavisa Jokanovic
Star turn: Tal Ben Haim
Coach Jokanovic has swapped a successful promotion push with Watford last season to get his Champions League chance with Israel’s champions. A third place finish and a place in the later stages of the Europa League is a realistic target.