• Chelsea join have been drawn against Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Champions League Group G
  • Jose Mourinho will make an emotional return to Porto, with whom he won the competition with in 2004
  • Blues boss faces awkward reunion with ex-Real Madrid No 1 Iker Casillas

Richard Arrowsmith for MailOnline

Jose Mourinho will be chasing his destiny to become the first manager to win the Champions League with three different clubs when he pits Premier League champions Chelsea against opponents in Group G.

Who are they facing?

GROUP G

Chelsea   

Porto                                              Danger rating: 3/5

Dynamo Kiev                                  Danger rating: 3/5

Maccabi Tel-Aviv                            Danger rating: 1/5

Premier League Player of the Year Eden Hazard will lead Chelsea's bid for a second Champions League title

Premier League Player of the Year Eden Hazard will lead Chelsea’s bid for a second Champions League title

Will Jose Mourinho be pleased? 

Jose Mourinho will be pleased with making an emotional return to former club Porto, with whom he won the Champions League with in 2004, while new signing Radamel Falcao also played there earlier in his career.

The Premier League champions will have too much strength for both Dynamo Kiev and Tel Aviv, although travels to the Ukraine and Israel respectively could present difficulties of a different nature. 

Which player will they have to watch out for?

While he will be pleased to return to his homeland, Mourinho faces an uncomfortable reunion with Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas whom he dramatically fell out with during the pair’s ill-fated spell together at Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho is looking to become the first manager to win the competition with three different clubs

CHELSEA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP G FACTS 

Jose Mourinho won the Champions League with Porto, but has not won on either of his return visits to the club as Blues boss.

Dynamo Kiev and Chelsea have never had a competitive meeting and their only link to each other is Andriy Shevchenko, who is remembered for rather differing reasons – depending which fan you speak to. The striker is Kiev’s fourth leading scorer of all-time but he found the net just nine times in 48 appearances after Chelsea signed him for a club record £30million from AC Milan.

Kiev are now managed by former Tottenham and West Ham striker Sergei Rebrov.

Chelsea face another venture into the unknown having also never played Maccabi Tel Aviv, who have progressed into the group stages for the first time in 11 years. The games could see Chelsea reacquainted with defender Tal Ben Haim, who moved to Stamford Bridge in 2007 and made 13 Premier League appearances before switching to Manchester City the following year.

Former Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic takes charge for the Irsael-based team this season.

How far are they travelling?

Chelsea’s trip to Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine covers a distance of 1,324 miles. They will travel a total 9,184 miles during the group stages – more than any other English team. 

What Premier League games do they have after Champions League trips? 

European travel can often impact a team’s domestic form on their return with the Blues facing:

Arsenal (A)               September 19

Southampton (H)      October 3 

West Ham (A)           October 24

Stoke (A)                   November 7 

Tottenham (A)           November 29

Mourinho faces an uncomfortable reunion with Iker Casillas after the pair fell out at Real Madrid

Mourinho faces an uncomfortable reunion with Iker Casillas after the pair fell out at Real Madrid

CHELSEA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES 2015/16

September 16 – Maccabi Tel-Aviv (H)

September 29 – Porto (A)

October 20 – Dynamo Kiev (A)

November 4 – Dynamo Kiev (H)

November 24 – Maccabi Tel-Aviv (A)

December 9 – Porto (H) 

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