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Chelsea's destiny rests in the hands of their group mates as they must get help to advance in this year's Champions League.
This is the most pressing question that Chelsea faces and it is one that will be answered by the other teams in their group.
Chelsea's loss to Juventus in Turin on Tuesday was absolutely demoralizing to the team and its fans. With the loss, Chelsea sits on the brink of elimination and will make history as the only team to be eliminated in the group stages after winning the trophy during the previous competition if they can't push though on Matchday 6.
Can they advance? Yes. The easiest way for them to advance would be to take care of business against FC Nordsjaelland and hope that Shakhtar Donetsk can defeat Juventus on the same day. Chelsea would finish with 10 points and Juventus with nine.
Chelsea would lose the first tiebreaker against Juventus and therefore a Chelsea win and a Juventus draw would not work because the first tiebreaker is head-to-head record. Juventus defeated Chelsea in Turin while the Blues could only manage a draw with the Bianconeri in London.
The other way to advance gets tricky.
If Shakhtar loses and Chelsea wins, Shakhtar currently holds the tiebreaker against Chelsea. While the teams split their games, both winning at home, the second tiebreaker would be goal differential and Chelsea trail Shakhtar by four goals. It is plausible that Chelsea defeat Nordsjaelland by four goals or more, but that is sure asking a lot. If they end up tied in goal differential, then the third tiebreaker is goals scored, where Shakhtar also holds the edge right now by two goals.
Bottom line is this: Chelsea do not control its destiny. It most definitely could have and blew the opportunity to do so. In situations like this, it is very common that the other two teams in the group will end up playing a "draw of convenience," where if both teams draw, then they both go through. It happens quite often. Don't be surprised to see a low-scoring game in the Ukraine between Shakhtar and Juventus.
One wild card: Willian.
The Shakhtar forward makes no secret about a move to Chelsea and what better way to endear himself to a new team than to help them advance in the Champions League when it looks bleak. A goal by the Brazilian wing would help make that game a little more competitive, and I think he will look to do just that. You also have to add in the fact that Shakhtar does not lose at home often, so Chelsea fans should retain a glimmer of hope.
Will they make the knockout stages of the Champions League? My answer, unfortunately is, no. Too many questions with goal scoring from their forwards and killing themselves early on by not winning home fixtures and losing both road fixtures to their group rivals dug them a hole they are not going to be able to climb out of.