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Tonight see's Chelsea go to Germany to face Schalke 04 in Group E of the Champions League.

Despite lying third in the group after two games, Jose Mourinho's side will go to Gelsenkirchen in good spirits as players and fans will have happy memories of the last time they played on German soil.

It will go down in history as the Blues first Champions League success, defeating Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties, inside Bayern's own Allianz arena.

Didier Drogba scored a late equaliser to make it 1-1 after Thomas Muller put Bayern in front in normal time. The Ivorian then fittingly converted the winning penalty to seal Chelsea's first Champions League trophy and cap off arguably the greatest night in the club's history.

Mourinho didn't taste European glory in his first stint as manager at Stamford Bridge and will be hungrier than ever to repeat Chelsea's european success during his second spell in charge.

The Portuguese boss has won the tournament with both Inter Milan and FC Porto but a third with Chelsea will be his most proudest, a club he lives and breathes for.

If that is to happen, his side must claim all three points in Germany tonight, but it will not be easy as Schalke have started well in this campaign.

They lie fifth place in the German Bundesliga after beating Eintracht Braunschweig 3-2 at the weekend. Jens Keller's side have also claimed six out of six points in Europe. Wins at home to Steaua Bucharest and away at FC Basel means that they top Group E, three points ahead of Chelsea.

Household names such as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan are absent for tonight's game, though the Gelsenkirchen side have some talented individuals amongst their ranks including summer signing Kevin-Prince Boateng who has scored three goals since his move from AC Milan.

Julian Draxler is another young and exciting German midfielder being brought through, and has recently been linked with Arsenal.

Also watch out for Adam Szalai who is Schalke's top scorer this season on four goals

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