• By Paul Lagan

Blues face Arsenal, Spurs and London City Lionesses in defence of Conti Cup


Chelsea start the defence of their Conti Cup title in early October.

They were drawn in Group B where they will face Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and the London City Lionesses.

The winner will progress to the quarter final stage alongside the best two runners-up.

There are five groups of four and one of three.

Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground in February in the final where a combination of rearguard action, brilliant Ann-Katrin Berger goalkeeping and a brace of goals by Beth England secured a last-gasp victory for the west London outfit.

The tournament starts on October 7-8 - match dates to be confirmed.

The Full draw is as follows:

Group A

Coventry United Aston Villa Sheffield United

Durham

Group B

Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal

London City Lionesses

Group C

Liverpool

Manchester United

Everton

Manchester City

Group D

West Ham United

Charlton Athletic

Reading

Brighton & Hove Albion

Group E

Birmingham City

Blackburn Rovers

Leicester City

Group F

Lewes

London Bees

Bristol City

Crystal Palace

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