Following a shock 5-2 home loss to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, Chelsea will hope to bounce back as they will be traveling to Spain to face off with FC Porto at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.
There have been eight Champions League meetings between these two teams, with Porto winning just 2 games, while Chelsea have won 5 matches, and the other game ended in a draw.
Porto will be without Mouhamed Mbaye due to injury, while Mehdi Taremi and Sérgio Oliveira are both suspended for this clash. Chelsea, on the other hand, have no injury concerns, but N’Golo Kante is a major doubt for this clash.
Speaking ahead of the clash, FC Porto manager, Sérgio Conceição said: “We are aware that we are going to have a very difficult task, but we are ready. There may be one or two different variations in our system for the match. In life, nothing is impossible, especially in football. I wish Chelsea had won their last match. Sometimes these situations sound the alarm and make everyone more alert.”
He added: “The fans have been tireless in their support and passion, and that’s the spirit we will try to take on to the pitch. It is not easy to deal with Sérgio Oliveira’s absence [through suspension], but I am here to find solutions.”
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, said the quarterfinal is a game of four halves. He said: “It’s the quarter-final of the Champions League, so you play four halves that you need to be fully focused for, self-aware of our strengths, what our attacking patterns are that we want find after the international break and our game on Saturday.”
He continued: “The challenge is to be totally focused on our strengths and to narrow the focus to 45 minutes and then another 45 minutes. I’m super happy today because everybody was back in training. So we will have some major decisions to make and I am sure everybody will be ready for the game. ”
Porto are coming into this game as the underdog, but they eliminated Juventus in the last round, and Chelsea will have to be wary of his threat. Chelsea will be aiming to get back to winning ways, but this looks like a close encounter.