The Champions of Europe learnt their Champions League group stage opponents for the 2021/22 season after the draw was conducted in Istanbul on Thursday evening.
The two sides have faced each other four times in the competition, with it being evenly poised - a win a piece and two draws mean that separating the teams in recent history has been rather difficult.
Chelsea came out on top in the last knockout tie, winning 3-2 on aggregate, but the most recent matchup was back in 2012, when the Old Lady crushed the Blues 3-0 in Turin.
Zenit Saint Petersburg
In fact, Chelsea have never played Zenit, so it will be a first time meeting between the two clubs, in something of a rarity in football nowadays.
With regards to Russian opposition in general, Chelsea do have a good record against such sides, winning six out of the eight games they have played, most recently in the 2020 group stage, beating Krasnodar 4-0.
Once again, like Zenit, the Blues have yet to face Malmo in this competition, but unlike the aforementioned Russian side, there has been previous fixtures between them.
Those came in February 2019, in the Europa League Round of 32 when Chelsea swept the Swedish side away, winning 5-1 on aggregate on their way to lifting the trophy against Arsenal later that year in May.
Overall, a tough but by no means impossible group for the Blues, with the first fixtures coming in less than the three weeks time, and with it the chance for Chelsea to retain the title begins.