Chelsea Europa League draw: Who could Blues face, why are they in Pot 1 and what time is the draw?

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CHELSEA are back in the Europa League, after four seasons in the Champions League.

They will learn their fate for the group stages today, as they bid to regain the title they won in 2013.

Chelsea won the Europa League in 2013, beating Benfica 2-1
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Who could Chelsea face in the Europa League draw?

Chelsea will be drawn from Pot 1, meaning they will avoid the likes of five-time winners Sevilla and Italian outfit Lazio.

At this stage, teams cannot play against other sides from their own country, including Arseanal, who will also go in Pot 1.

But there remains several interesting ties on offer, including seven-time Champions League winners AC Milan, and Scottish duo Celtic and Rangers.

  • Chelsea’s best case scenario: Rapid Vienna, Rennes, Sarpsborg
  • Chelsea’s worst case scenario: AC Milan, Real Betis, Rangers


Why are Chelsea in Pot 1?

Teams are assigned to four pots, depending on their Uefa club coefficient ranking.

Of the clubs in the Europa League group stage draw, Chelsea are the third-highest ranked team, behind Sevilla and Arsenal.

The club coefficient is based on results in the two main European competitions in the past five seasons, with the Blues reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2014.

Cesar Azpilicueta is just one of three current Chelsea players who were in the Blues side that won the 2013 Europa League title
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What time is the Europa League draw?

The Europa League group stage draw takes place today.

The venue for the draw is the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

The draw will be held at midday.