Chelsea: 5 Clubs the Blues Will Want to Avoid in the Europa League

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Chelsea: 5 Clubs the Blues Will Want to Avoid in the Europa League
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On Wednesday, Chelsea became the first holders of the Champions League title to be eliminated from the competition at the group stage.

Luckily for Chelsea, who will enter the knockout round of the Europa League, they avoided the same fate as Manchester City, who were knocked out of all European competitions on Tuesday.

The knockout round of the Europa League consists of 32 clubs, 12 group-stage winners, 12 second-place finishers in the group stage and the eight third-place clubs from the Champions League group stage. 

The draw for the Europa League group stage will occur on December 20th, and the Blues will be put in the section of seeded clubs with the 12 group winners from the Europa League and fellow UCL third-place finishers Cluj, Olympiacos and Benfica. 

Here are five clubs that Chelsea want to avoid at all costs when the draw for the Europa League knockout round is made. 

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