Chelsea have reached the Champions League final every time they've drawn Valencia in the group stage

Drawing Valencia may be a good omen for Chelsea

Chelsea don't have high expectations this year.

The Blues are in the middle of a transfer ban and were not able to sign any players in the summer.

To make matters even worse, they lost their star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

That means that it is very unlikely that they will make an impact in the Champions League this season.

Chelsea found out their group on Thursday evening and they've been given a tough draw.

They were placed in Group H along with Ajax, Valencia and Lille.

It seems a very open group and Frank Lampard acknowledged just how hard it would be for his side.

"I saw the early reports were all the English teams have seemingly had pretty good draws: there never is an easy draw in the Champions League," he said, per the Metro.

"One team was a semi-finalist last year [Ajax], Valencia are a very strong team always, and dangerous, and in Lille we have another strong team.

Chelsea are not expected to go far in the Champions League

"It’s certainly no walkover of a group at all, far from it. Quality teams that we’ll have to be fully on guard and be at our best to get through the group because it’s a strong group across the board our group."

But despite the tough draw, there is a very good omen for the west London side.

Chelsea have been drawn alongside Valencia in the group stage twice in the history: in the 2007/08 and 2011/12 seasons.

And on both occasions Chelsea went on to reach the final.

Frank Lampard scored against Valencia in Spain

As Jim Carrey's character said in Dumb and Dumber, 'So, you're telling me there's a chance?'

It's very unlikely that the Blues will go on to make it a third but this statistic will at least provide Chelsea fans with some hope.

Lampard went on to say he had good memories playing against the Spanish outfit.

"Yeah. Happy memories of that (beating them 3-0 in 2011/12) but also an awareness of a difficult stadium to go to," he added.

"Not hostile, but very much behind the home team, very tight, and if you go there and you’re not at it, it will be a particularly difficult game. So I’m very aware of how hard that will be."

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