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Lucescu plans repeat Chelsea defeat

Chelsea FC are top of Group E with four points from two outings but Mircea Lucescu has reason to believe that, not for the first time, his FC Shakhtar Donetsk team can upset the holders.

Alex Teixeira celebrates scoring for Shakhtar on matchday two
Alex Teixeira celebrates scoring for Shakhtar on matchday two ©AFP/Getty Images

An emphatic away victory on matchday two has put UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea FC in pole position in Group E and they now travel to Ukraine for a first meeting with FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

• The Blues' 4-0 win at FC Nordsjælland followed an opening 2-2 draw at home to Juventus. Shakhtar had seized the early initiative in the section with a 2-0 home defeat of the Danish debutants and followed up with a 1-1 draw at Juventus. 

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• These are the first opponents from Ukraine Chelsea have met but this is the fourth time in five seasons Shakhtar have faced an English side. Most recently they beat Arsenal FC 2-1 at home in the 2010/11 group stage thanks to goals from Dmytro Chygrynskiy and Eduardo, having gone down 5-1 in London.

• In 2008/09 Shakhtar overcame Tottenham Hotspur FC 2-0 in Donetsk in the UEFA Cup round of 32 for a 3-1 aggregate success en route to lifting the trophy. A year later their title defence was ended by a 1-1 home draw against Fulham FC at the same stage after a 2-1 first-leg loss in London.

• Shakhtar have won three of their four home games against English opposition, starting with a 3-0 victory over an Arsenal side including Ashley Cole in the 2000/01 UEFA Champions League first group stage.

• The victory over Nordsjælland ended a run of four home European games without a win for Shakhtar. In Donetsk last season they drew with APOEL FC (1-1) and FC Zenit St Petersburg (2-2) before a 2-0 defeat by FC Porto ensured they finished bottom of the group.

• Chelsea have lost only two of their last 11 away group games, winning five, though they failed to record a victory on their travels in last year's group stage, drawing 1-1 at Valencia CF and KRC Genk before going down 2-1 at Bayer 04 Leverkusen. 

• Chelsea are unbeaten in 27 group stage fixtures at Stamford Bridge. Their last defeat came on 1 October 2003 when Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu guided Beşiktaş JK to a 2-0 win.

Team ties
• Tomáš Hübschman was part of the AC Sparta Praha team that lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea before drawing 0-0 away in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Petr Čech and Hübschman are team-mates for the Czech Republic and played together at Sparta in 2001/02.

• In his three-year spell with Arsenal FC between 2007 and 2010, Eduardo only once faced Chelsea, losing 3-0 at home in the Premier League on 29 November 2009.

• On 9 September 2009 Eduardo scored in Croatia's 5-1 defeat by England in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Frank Lampard struck twice for the home team.

• Lampard was on target again at Wembley on 11 September, beating Andriy Pyatov from the penalty spot to earn England a 1-1 draw against Ukraine in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Yaroslav Rakitskiy played the whole match with Marko Dević and Vyacheslav Shevchuk coming on. Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand made substitute appearances for England on their competitive senior international debuts.

• Pyatov, Rakitskiy and Dević all started the 1-0 group stage loss to England in Donetsk that eliminated co-hosts Ukraine from UEFA EURO 2012 on 19 June. Shevchuk and Olexandr Kucher were unused substitutes while Cole and John Terry played 90 minutes for England.

• Last year Oscar played alongside Ilsinho for SC Internacional.

• David Luiz helped SL Benfica to a 2-1 win against Shakhtar in Donetsk in the 2007/08 group stage.

• Fernandinho and Willian play with David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar in the Brazilian national team.

FARE Action Week
• Matchday three of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League will contribute to the fight against all forms of discrimination in football stadiums as UEFA gives its full support to Europe's biggest anti-discrimination campaign – the FARE Action Week. Forty matches across the competitions on 23, 24 and 25 October will reinstate UEFA's commitment to ensuring that European football is free of racism, intolerance and xenophobia.

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