Within the last twenty minutes or so, the Champions League draw has taken place in Monaco. With Chelsea being in pot one, we couldn’t have been drawn against any of the other major players, although we could have drawn José Mourinho’s new club, Real Madrid, as they were in pot two. The draw seems as though it has been very kind to us. Chelsea were drawn in Group F by Gary Lineker, we were the last club to come out of pot one. After a laborious and boring draw, which can only be done by UEFA, eventually our group was made up of Marseille, Spartak Moscow and MSK Zilina. Some older Chelsea fans may remember that we played Zilina in 2003 in the qualifying stages of the Champions League. For even older Chelsea fans we played Marseille back in the 1999/2000 season, this time in the Champions League group stages. For full details of the draw and all groups check the link Groups Drawn In Champions League

Our central defender Michael Mancienne has gone back on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers again for the whole season. Last season Mancienne was at the Molineux and made 33 appearances for Mick McCarthy’s team. To read the official line on Mancienne, click Mancienne Back To Wolves

Recently the club announced that our pre-season tour for the 2011/12 season would be in the Far-East. Today more details were announced with Malaysia being added to the itinerary. Earlier in the week Thailand was announced as part of the tour to the Far -East. In Malaysia we will be playing in Kuala Lumpur, the venue where we played in 2003 when the club took part and won the FA Premier League Asia Cup. For details and reaction to the tour, you can click the official link Return To Kuala Lumpur

For weekend build up to the game against Stoke City, check back and read the Official Line tomorrow.


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