Chelsea vs Schalke: Champions League video preview, including the lowdown on Diego Costa

Video:The Independent's Simon Rice and Tom Sheen preview Chelsea's opening Champions League group game against Schalke

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Does this game feel familiar?

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea and German side Schalke were drawn together at the group stage of the Champions League last season. The Blues triumphed 3-0 both home and away.

Hence, Mourinho could not have hoped for a better side to play against as he sets his sights on becoming the first manager to win Europe's most prestigious tournament with three different clubs.

He won the Champions League with Porto in 2004 and with Inter Milan six years later.

Chelsea enter the game with a 100% record in the Premier League with four wins out of four and with Diego Costa on fine form. Last season, Chelsea struggled to find the goals to challenge in both this tournament and the league with strikers Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres, both of whom have now left Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's 2012 Champions League final hero Didier Drogba could make an appearance against Schalke after recovering from injury.