Quickly through – Chelsea’s four-game Champions League group stage qualification past

And that was it for the four-game group-stage qualifications until this week. In the time in between we won the Champions League in 2011/12, but famously it needed a big Drogba night against Valencia on matchday six to keep us in the competition, and the following year we did not even make it out of the group stage at all.

Happily, that was a one-off such slip by the Blues, and although we undoubtedly want to win Group E in 2020/21, Olivier Giroud’s late goal in Rennes means tension reduced for the two games to come, a rare but welcome luxury.
 

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