After missing out on the competion last season, Chelsea fans will be counting down the days until Champions League football returns to Stamford Bridge next week.
Competing in Group H, Chelsea will compete in some intriguing ties, which kick off with a home fixture against Spainish side Valencia before they come face-to-face with Ajax and Lille.
As we know, Frank Lampard is putting huge trust into his youth options this season, a philosophy which Chelsea have infamously failed to adopt in recent history, making their transfer ban a potential blessing in disguise.
The full squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Kepa, Caballero, Cumming*.
Defenders: Azpilicueta, Emerson, James*, Alonso, Rudiger, Christensen, Zouma, Tomori, Guehi*
Midfielders: Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Barkley, Gilmour*, McEachran*, Mount*, Loftus-Cheek
Forwards: Willian, Pedro, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi*, Pulisic, Giroud, Batshuayi
The squad contains many senior players, but which younger talents will have what it takes to take Chelsea to the next level? Let’s take a look.
It is easy to mistake the 20-year-old sensation as an experienced member of this Chelsea team. One of the first names on the team sheet and arguably their best performer so far this season.
With an eye for a pass, and a goal, along with neat footwork and composure, Mount looks the real deal and will pose a threat to any side.
Hudson-Odoi became a mini revelation for Chelsea last season when former manager Sarri finally gave him an opportunity.
The 18-year-old brings pace, trickery and all-round talent ahead of his time.
Unfortunately, due to an Achilles injury has prevented him from making any appearances so far this season, however, a return is close and he will certainly get his chance to shine amongst Europe’s elite.
Loftus-Cheek is another who fans were desperate to see in the lineup for some time last season before Sarri put his trust in him.
The central midfielder could prove vital when he returns from injury, he brings an entirely different dimension to the midfield with his height, power and ability on the ball.
At 23 years of age, Loftus Cheek is more experienced than the rest on this list, yet still, an academy product who impressed hugely in the Europa League last season and now he looks ready to set the Champions League alight.
One of the less obvious options on the list, James spent last season at Wigan where he couldn’t have done much better.
At just 19, the right-back collected a hat-trick of awards at the DW stadium: Player of the Year, Player’s Player of the Year & Goal of the Season.
Although the least likely of the four players mentioned to get first-team opportunities, James looks set to be given some minutes.
With Azpilicueta able to play across the backline, the teenager may be able to be an impact player during this year’s European competition.