Some Chelsea fans have argued that history is repeating itself. In the year 2012, Chelsea won the Champions League. They sacked their manager mid-season and appointed a new manager midseason. That season as well they faced a Portuguese team in the quarter-final as well.
Thus the circumstances of the 2011/12 season seem to be repeating. However that season the Blues did manage to beat the Portuguese side that is Benefica. This time Chelsea will travel to Porto for the 1st leg of the game.
Tuchel will keen to move on from the shocking 2-5 defeat to West Brom at home. While Porto are definitely smelling blood in this game. Tuchel’s men can’t the same mistake as Juventus of taking them lightly.
Since the arrival of Tuchel, Chelsea have been excellent defensively. However, since Saturday some concerns have been raised. Currently, The dragons are in fine form having won their previous games in the league.
Analysis: Porto vs Chelsea
This season at times Chelsea have struggled to open up defences. While Porto have defended deep to frustrate top teams. They even managed a 0-0 draw against Manchester City. Even Pep Guardiola was upset with the way they played.
The Portuguese side would be looking to a repeat of that against Chelsea. It would be better if Chelsea let Porto bring the game to them. That way they will be able to hit them on counter-attacks more effectively.
Only Real Madrid have managed more wins over the Dragons (6) than Chelsea (5). Chelsea have a 75% win record against Portuguese opposition in the Champions League.
Since winning the competition in 2004, Porto have only won once in the knockout stage in six games. That win came against Bayern Munich in 2015. However, they eventually lost the tie on aggregate.
When and Where?
Porto will host Chelsea at Sevilla in the Champions League on 08th March 2021 at 12:30 AM (IST).
Team News and Injury Update
Mouhamed Mbaye will miss the game due to injury. Ivan Marcano is a doubt for the game. Mehdi Taremi and Sergio Oliveira both are suspended for the game.
Predicted Line Up: Agustin Marchesin, Wilson Manafa, Chancel Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu Sanusi, Jesus Corona, Marko Grujic, Mateus Uribe, Otavio, Moussa Marega, Toni Martinez.
N Golo Kante has been ruled out for the game. Christian Pulisic was also injured after the West Brom game, he is also a doubt for the game. It is also unclear whether Tammy Abraham will be available or not.
Predicted Line Up: Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner.
Head to Head stats
Porto and Chelsea have faced each other eight times. The Blues have won five times, the Dragons have won once and one game has been a draw.
The veteran defender is still a scary beast like his Real Madrid days. He used his experience calmly to stop Cristiano Ronaldo against Juventus. Pepe’s experience will be curial for Porto.
Chelsea- Thaigo Silva
Another legend of the game whose presence will be key for Chelsea. Like Pepe, he will also have to use his experience to guide Chelsea’s defence.
The 12th Man Prediction Porto 0 vs Chelsea 2
Despite stunning Juventus, Porto will find it harder to upset Chelsea. It is likely that the defeat to West Brom was just a one-off. Even though they haven’t been very good going forward they still have players who can score goals.