Of all the English clubs involved in the Champions League group stage draw only Chelsea on paper are totally assured of a place in the last 16.
No disrespect intended towards Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel-Aviv but aside for the Portuguese giants, the latter two clubs have very little pedigree in Europe's premier competition.
The below graphic provided by Sportingintelligence highlights the massive disadvantage the other three clubs in comparison to the Blues who are far wealthier than their three opponents in Group G. With a percentage of 74.7%, the Roman Abramovich owned club in a group that has the biggest disparity of wealth than any other group in this year's Champions League.
Real Madrid found that out between 2005 and 2010 as they consistently struggled to make it past the last 16 stage of the competition despite spending millions upon millions. Likewise, the sustained success of Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Juventus in recent years have showed brilliant management and savvy transfer activity defeats splurging recklessly.
2004 winners Porto are a club that have consistently bettered the odds and are usually considered dark horses. That was the case last season when they reached the Quarter-finals and even beat tournament favourites Bayern Munich 3-1 in the first leg at home before losing the second leg 6-1 at the Allianz Arena.
Important players like Yacine Brahimi and Hector Herrera still remain but by and large it is a different team from the one who caused Bayern so much problems last season. Yet they still remain Chelsea's biggest threat in the group and that alone tells you the massive advantage Jose Mourinho's charges hold over the others.