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Chelsea faces Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and Nordsjaelland in Champions League Group E

The current European champions were handed a difficult draw, with the Ukrainians joining the Italian giants and the Danish minnows.

CHELSEA
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Sixth
Europe: Champions League winners
Manager: Roberto Di Matteo

Appointed: 2012

Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Capacity:
41,837

Best Champions League performance:
Winners (2012)
THE DANGER MAN
Eden Hazard

The Belgium international appeared to be on his way to one of the Manchester clubs, but eventually opted to join Chelsea instead, much to the delight of the Blues' fans. The versatile attacker has not disappointed in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 season with some fine performances, and Hazard is likely to be one of the stars of the Champions League this term.

SHAKHTAR
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Champions
Europe: Champions League group stage
Manager: Mircea Lucescu

Appointed: 2004

Stadium: Donbass Arena

Capacity: 52,187

Best Champions League performance: Quarter-finals (2010-11)
THE DANGER MAN
Darijo Srna

Despite boasting a plethora of Brazilians, captain Darijo Srna is the man opposition will want to hamstring if they want to stop the Ukrainians from playing. He's been a key member of the squad for almost a decade now and has flourished in his role as on-field leader, guiding Shakhtar to the 2009 UEFA cup. Deadly from set pieces, the Croatia international sets the tone for Lucescu's side, his work rate and creativity providing those around him with the chance to shine.

JUVENTUS
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Champions
Europe: N/A
Manager: Antonio Conte (Massimo Carrera on matchdays)

Appointed: 2011

Stadium: Juventus Stadium

Capacity: 41,000

Best Champions League performance: Winners (1984-85, 1995-96)
THE DANGER MAN
Andrea Pirlo

After his long, illustrious career with Milan came to an end in 2011, Juventus was quick to snap up the metronomic midfielder, and the rewards have been huge.

The Italy international was the inspiration behind their magnificent unbeaten league campaign last term, with his leadership from the center and his ability to place the ball almost anywhere he wants. He also followed that up with an influential role as Italy made the Euro 2012 final during the summer.

NORDSJAELLAND
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Champions
Europe: Europa League play-off round
Manager: Kasper Hjulmand

Appointed: 2011

Stadium: Farum Park

Capacity: 10,100

Best Champions League performance: First appearance
THE DANGER MAN
Nicolai Stokholm

A veteran at 36 years of age, Stokholm has been at Farum Park since completing a switch from Viking FK in 2009, and was handed the captain's armband a week after his arrival. His effect on the team has been plain for all to see.

Within 18 months of being at his new club, they had won the Danish cup, which they backed up a year later, and last season he led the team to their first ever league title. A former Denmark international, his experience and know-how will be essential if Hjulmand's underdogs are to avoid a demoralising group stage exit.

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