Chelsea have been handed an easy draw in the group stages of this season’s UEFA Europa League after their fate was decided at UEFA Headquarters this morning.
The Blues must play in UEFA’s secondary competition after finishing in fifth position in the English Premier League last season.
Maurizio Sarri’s men look to have to complete a relatively simple task if they are to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament after being placed in an easy-looking group. Chelsea will take on Greek club POAK, BATE Borisov of Belarus and Hungarian minnows Vidi.
Chelsea will begin their UEFA Europa League campaign in Greece against POAK on 20 September before welcoming Vidi to Stamford Bridge two weeks later. The Blues’ second home fixture comes against BATE Borisov on 25 October before travelling to Belarus for the return fixture two weeks later. Sarri’s men then face POAK at The Bridge on 29 November before finishing their group fixtures in Hungary against Vidi on 13 December.
The Blues won the UEFA Europa League in 2013 when they defeated Benfica 2-1 in the final. Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic got the goals for Chelsea while the latter was named at the Man of the Match as the South West Londoners lifted the trophy at the Amsterdam Arena.