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Chelsea’s technical director, Petr Cech, has warned the club that they need to prove on the pitch that they are favourites to qualify from this year’s UEFA Champions League group stage.

Cech stated this while reacting to Chelsea’s Champions League group stage draw on Thursday. Chelsea regained a place in Europe’s top-flight competition after finishing fourth in the Premier League last season.

Frank Lampard’s side was drawn in Group E with Sevilla, Krasnodar and Reenes.

“I believe that we have to respect everybody in the group,” Cech was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying.

“On paper, given the history of our football club, we will obviously be favourites with Sevilla, but at the same time, it’s a tricky position, and you need to confirm it on the pitch.”

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