Blues relish Ballack reunion

Villas-Boas will not underestimate Valencia, Leverkusen and Genk

Ballack: The German left Stamford Bridge in 2010 after four years in England

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Chelsea are looking forward to a reunion with Michael Ballack in the UEFA Champions League, according to the club's communications director, Steve Atkins.

The 2008 finalists were drawn in Group E along with Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen and Belgian club Genk.

That means new signing Juan Mata will be facing former club Valencia after completing his move to Andre Villas-Boas' Chelsea.

The draw will also see Ballack, who left Stamford Bridge in 2010 after four years at Stamford Bridge, face his ex-employers.

Atkins said: "Every draw throws up challenges and this is no different, and I have spoken to Andre and he certainly feels that too.

"Valencia is a formidable team and a very difficult place to go with their support - Juan Mata will be returning there a little bit more quickly than he thought!

"Bayer Leverkusen is also a difficult one and we will be delighted to meet up with Michael Ballack again, and Genk too are full of talent and should not be underestimated."

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