Then things took off when we hammered Krasnodar 4-0 away in front of a socially-distanced crowd in Russia, where Hakim Ziyech scored his first Chelsea goal. A 3-0 home win over Rennes put us in a strong position at halfway stage, as Timo Werner bagged two penalties and Tammy Abraham was on target too.
The return fixtures began with a trip to Rennes, where Callum Hudson-Odoi’s goal helped us to a 2-1 win, before we earned our result of the group stage against Sevilla on matchday five. Olivier Giroud had a night to remember as he scored all of our goals in a 4-0 win in Spain, bagging a perfect hat-trick and throwing in a penalty to complete the set.
The final group-stage game was played in front of 2,000 lucky fans who managed to get tickets for one of two matches in December to which spectators were admitted. Jorginho’s penalty earned us a 1-1 draw with Krasnodar, but we had already progressed.