Champions League 2019: What Chelsea can expect from group opponents Ajax, Valencia and Lille

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Chelsea are back in the Champions League and will face Ajax, Valencia and Lille in the group stage this season.

Frank Lampard will guide the Blues this season as Europa League champions, which helped them enter Thursday’s draw in pot one to receive, in theory, an easier draw. 

Last year’s semi-finalists Ajax and French side Lille have never faced the Blues in European competitions, but there are fond memories of facing Valencia, having reached the final of the competition in the only seasons they have faced Los Che.

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With Erik ten Haag’s side rebuilding after having their squad picked apart this summer and Nicolas Pepe leaving Lille, the Blues can relate to their predicaments given they are also currently rebuilding after the loss of Eden Hazard and introduction of younger faces under Lampard.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from this year’s group stage opponents.

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