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Stat Attack: Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg | Champions League

A statistical view.

Chelsea host Zenit St Petersburg in matchday 1 of the Champions League group stages on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel's side are the reigning Champions are lifting the title back in May in Porto after a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the final. 

And they begin their campaign and defence of the title on Tuesday against Russian opposition in Group H.

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Here are the all-important statistics, provided by UEFA, ahead of Tuesday's European clash:


  • Last season Chelsea therefore won nine of their 13 UEFA Champions League matches (D3 L1).
  • Edouard Mendy kept nine clean sheets in 12 UEFA Champions League matches last season, the most in a campaign by a goalkeeper for an English side in the competition's history.
  • Tuchel's team have already claimed European silverware this season, beating Villarreal 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the UEFA Super Cup in Belfast on 11 August. 
  • Chelsea have been paired with a Russian club in the group stage for the second season running; in 2020/21 they took four points off debutants Krasnodar (4-0 a, 1-1 h). The latter result was their eighth game against a Russian side and only the second they had failed to win.


  • In 2020/21, Zenit picked up only one point from their six games, losing both games against Club Brugge and Borussia Dortmund and against Lazio in Rome; their sole point came from a 1-1 home draw against the Italian club on Matchday 3. 
  • The St Petersburg team have won only three of their last 17 European matches (D2 L12). 
  • Zenit have also recorded only two victories in their last 15 UEFA Champions League games (D2 L11). 
  • Zenit have not played an English club since beating Liverpool on away goals in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League round of 32 (2-0 h, 1-3 a). They have lost three of their four games in England, winning only the first.

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