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Andre Villas-Boas' most recent signing will be up against his former club in the group phase following Thursday's draw in Monaco, and will also face the Belgian champions

Chelsea's Juan Mata will face his former club Valencia in this season's Champions League, as well as German club Bayer Leverkusen and Belgian champions Racing Genk.

Here is the lowdown on each of the teams competing in Group E:

CHELSEA
SEASON 2010-11
League:
Runners-up
Europe: Champions League quarter-finalists
Manager: Andre Villas-Boas

Appointed: 2011

Stadium:
Stamford Bridge

Capacity:
41,841

Best Champions League performance:
Runners-up (2008)
THE DANGER MAN
Didier Drogba

Yet to be given a start by new manager Andre Villas-Boas, who continues the Fernando Torres experiment on behalf of owner Roman Abramovich. But it is Drogba who carries the most obvious threat, even at the ripe old age of 33, and European opponents would be only too happy to see him left on the bench.

Greg Stobart, Goal.com UK Correspondent

“Such is the nature of football that it was no surprise that Chelsea were drawn alongside Valencia just 24 hours after signing Juan Mata from the Spanish club. The 23-year-old had warm words to say about Valencia after his departure but will be pitted into combat against his former side, who were knocked out by the Blues in the 2007 quarter-final after a last-gasp Michael Essien goal. Mata is not the only player in Group E who will play against a former club as Michael Ballack returns to Stamford Bridge in a Bayer Leverkusen shirt. The German midfielder, 34, was allowed to leave Chelsea against he will at the end of the 2009-10 season and will feel he has a point to prove to his former employers. For their part, Chelsea will know all about Genk as they have been scouting players at the Belgian club for the past year. The Blues signed Thibaut Courtois from Genk earlier this summer and are trying to complete a move for Kevin de Bruyne before the transfer window closes next week.”

VALENCIA
SEASON 2010-11
League:
Third
Europe: Champions League last 16
Manager: Unai Emery

Appointed: 2008

Stadium:
Mestalla

Capacity:
55,000

Best Champions League performance:
Runners-up (2000, 2001)
THE DANGER MAN
Roberto Soldado

The Spanish striker bagged 25 goals in his debut season at Mestalla, including six in seven Champions League games as Valencia went out to Schalke in the second round of the competition last season. With Spain forward Juan Mata recently moving to Chelsea, Soldado will assume extra responsibilities.

Ben Hayward, Goal.com Spanish Football Editor

“Valencia have just sold Juan Mata to Chelsea and the 23-year-old said straight away how he would love to face his former side in the Champions League final. That was always a long shot, but the two teams will actually come face to face much sooner as they have been paired together in Group E, alongside 2002 finalists Bayer Leverkusen and Belgian side Genk. Valencia, edged out by Michael Essien’s 90th-minute in the last eight in a 3-2 aggregate success for the Premier League side back in 2007, will be favourites to follow the Londoners through to the second round this time. Such a result would keep Mata happy, although Leverkusen will be looking to have their say in an intriguing sector as well.”

BAYER LEVERKUSEN
SEASON 2010-11
League:
Runners-up
Europe: Europa League last 16
Coach: Robin Dutt

Appointed: 2011

Stadium:
BayArena

Capacity:
30,210

Best Champions League performance:
Runners-up (2002)
THE DANGER MAN
Andre Schurrle

He is young and still adjusting following his move from Mainz, but the Germany international is certainly his team's most talented individual. A pacey winger with the finishing touch of a forward, Schurrle has a knack for scoring against big teams: for country, he has already found the net against Brazil and Uruguay.

Clark Whitney, Goal.com German Football Editor

“Bayer Leverkusen managed to avoid an impossible group, and will be pleased to have been drawn into one from which they have a moderate chance of progressing. Chelsea will be the favourites, so B04 will have their sights on Valencia, who may struggle in the absence of influential playmaker Juan Mata. Last year, fellow Bundesliga side Schalke knocked Valencia out of the Champions League, so Leverkusen can have some confidence as they embark on their group stage campaign.”

GENK
SEASON 2010-11
League:
Champions
Europe: Europa League play-off round
Coach: Pierre Denier (caretaker)

Appointed: 2011

Stadium:
Cristal Arena

Capacity:
24,956

Best Champions League performance:
Group stage (2002-03)
THE DANGER MAN
Jelle Vossen

The young attacker initially failed to live up to the high expectations at Genk after coming through the club's youth academy, but Vossen has developed into one of the most dangerous attackers in Belgium in the past 12 months. The striker netted 20 goals last season and has already scored three goals in the qualifying stages of the Champions League.

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