The Blues will be looking to defend the European crown we claimed by defeating Manchester City in last season’s final, and underlined with another victory over Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup two weeks ago, and our first opponents of the 2021/22 campaign will be determined later today.
The draw is scheduled to begin at 5pm UK time in the new Istanbul venue, where it has been moved for this year from the regular location at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters after the city missed out on hosting last season’s final.
With the qualifying play-offs for this season’s Champions League concluding last night, all 32 teams participating in this season’s competition and their respective seedings have now been confirmed. You can find out which ones Chelsea are likely to face below.
How does the draw work?
The 32 qualified teams have been split into four different pots based on their seeding. As the Champions League holders, Chelsea are one of the top seeds in Pot 1, alongside last season’s Europa League winners Villarreal and the reigning domestic champions from the six nations ranked highest by UEFA.
Defending Champions ever get ready for their UCL opponents .
Pot 1: Atletico Madrid (Spain), Bayern Munich (Germany), Chelsea (England), Inter Milan (Italy), Lille (France), Manchester City (England), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), Villarreal (Spain)
Pot 2: Barcelona (Spain), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Juventus (Italy), Liverpool (England), Manchester United (England), Paris Saint-Germain (France), Real Madrid (Spain), Sevilla (Spain)
Pot 3: Ajax (Netherlands), Atalanta (Italy), Benfica (Portugal), FC Salzburg (Austria), Porto (Portugal), RB Leipzig (Germany), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Zenit St Petersburg (Russia)
Pot 4: AC Milan (Italy), Besiktas (Turkey), Club Brugge (Belgium), Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Malmo (Sweden), Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), Wolfsburg (Germany), Young Boys (Switzerland)