Chelsea endured an embarrassing home defeat to Swiss Champions Basel last night as they won their first ever Champions League match in England in a historic night for their club. Even more remarkably, it was the first time Chelsea had lost at home in the Champions League Group Stage for 10 years and was also just the second time Jose Mourinho had lost a game at home as Chelsea boss. The last defeat was a 2-1 loss to Barcelona in 2006. Barcelona and Basel- that’s quite a contrast in the calibre of team to lose to.
Last season Chelsea encountered a tough group in their quest to defend the trophy they famously won in 2011. Their group stage campaign was somewhat of a disaster by their standards, with some remarking that it was the worst display ever seen by holders of the trophy in Champions League history. In a group containing themselves, Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Nordsjaelland, it was always going to be a three horse race for the two qualifying spots. Despite the critics, Chelsea just missed out on a spot in the last 16 on the head to head rules but it was the 3-0 defeat to Juventus that caused upheaval and eventually cost Roberto Di Matteo his job.
This time around Chelsea will fancy their chances of progressing again. They have an experienced manager who has been at the helm of several successful European clubs and a great blend of experience and upcoming players. However, complacency has haunted Chelsea in this competition before and after their opening loss and the fact that their group contains Basle, Steaua Bucharest and Schalke means it will be far from plain sailing. Here are five players the West Londoners need to watch out for.