It is fair to say that last season, Chelsea’s game play didn’t go according to plan. They capitulated in a dramatic style, and this cost Antonio Conte his lucrative contract at the Bridge.
The missteps of last season are exactly why the Blues find themselves playing in the lower tier of European Club football, a.k.a the Europa League. Their journey takes them to Greece, where PAOK will be waiting, and Maurizio Sarri will want to stamp his brand on the club at the European space.
PAOK finished second in the Greek league last season, six points shy of winners AEK Athens. They are not a bad team by any stretch of the imagination, but they are light years behind their English counterparts. The sheer quality of the Blues’ side is enough to scare any team in the world, so there is the expectation that the visitors will essentially breeze through this one.