6 days on from an extremely important first leg, Chelsea once again face Porto for a place in the semi finals of the Champions League. Chelsea haven’t step foot in the Champions League semi finals since the 2013/14 season, where they lost to Atletico Madrid. Fast forward seven years, and the Blues repaid the favour to the Spaniards, knocking them out in the round of 16. Chelsea have the advantage, heading into the game with a 2 goal lead on aggregate, thanks to Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. Thomas Tuchel has got Chelsea fans hoping they can go all the way, but before we get ahead ourselves, lets look at the task at hand. Porto.
Porto have now lost five games out of their last seven against English sides, and a sixth may well be on the cards this evening. Despite the last two Champions League games ending in defeat, the Portuguese giants have only lost two league games all season, and have already knocked out Juventus. Should Porto progress this evening, they will need their biggest performance of the season, as Chelsea have had a tremendous second half to the season, losing just once since Thomas Tuchel took charge in January. The Blues head into the game with great confidence, coming off the back of a dominant 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Tuchel will be hoping he can make it back to back seasons in the semi finals, with last season being in charge of Paris Saint German. Tuchel’s Parisians made it to the final, but were beaten by Bayern Munich.
Mendy, Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger, James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Pulisic, Havertz.
This is huge for Chelsea fans. The same front three that worked so effortlessly at Selhurst Park get the chance to do it once again, but in the Champions League. Mason Mount earned himself the Man of the Match against Crystal Palace, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it again.
Players to watch:
Christian Pulisic: Captain America had an outstanding game against Place, and really looked like the star player we know he can be. I believe he will bring that confidence into tonight’s game, and give Chelsea fans something to cheer for.
Moussa Marega: Marega will have to be on his best form tonight, as Porto have a mountain to climb. But, this may not be too difficult for the Mali international, as he has pace and physicality that could harm Chelsea’s defence.
Written by @mashgreaves