Frank Lampard has named his 21-man Chelsea squad for their Champions League campaign.
The Blues booked their spot in the Europe’s leading club competition with a third-placed finish in the Premier League last term and go into the group stages with a flurry of new faces.
Among those in the squad are new signings Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and last year’s finalist Thiago Silva, while Ben Chilwell will get his first taste of Champions League football following a summer move from Leicester.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is also named, but new arrival Edouard Mendy is expected to start in the group stages for the Blues.
Chelsea will face Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes in the groups and Lampard has welcomed the draw, which was made last week in Nyon.
“I am happy with the draw in the fact that we analysed straightaway the teams we are playing against,” he told the Chelsea website. “We are very aware that every Champions League group is very tough. So I know a lot of the reaction afterwards was what a great draw it is for Chelsea but we can’t approach it with that mindset at all.
“They are very tough games, all the teams that we play, especially when you are travelling in Europe you always know you are going to get very competitive games.
“Sevilla won the Europa League last year, and both of the other teams are emerging teams that will cause us a lot of threats and dangers, so let’s see.”
Chelsea Champions League squad in full