The Champions League, FA Cup & More

A roundup from what has been a successful week for Chelsea.

Champions League:

Firstly, let’s start with Europe’s most elite club competition – the Champions League.

The Blues took on a tough Atlético Madrid side at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, needing to avoid defeat in order to qualify for the competitions quarter-finals. It should also be noted that reaching the last 8 of the competition is something that Chelsea have failed to do since 2014.

Chelsea headed into the clash with not just an important away goal – but also sublime form. The Blues had picked up clean sheets in their previous 5 games and looked to make it 13 games unbeaten under their new German coach.

Despite being without 5 first-team squad players to both injury and suspension, Chelsea pulled another terrific win out of the bag – overcoming the La Liga leaders with a 2-0 victory in South-West London.

The aggregate score against Madrid was 3-0, with goals across both legs coming from Olivier Giroud, Hakim Ziyech and Emerson.

Following on from Friday’s draw – the Blues are now well aware of their potential path to the final.

(credit | @chelseafc on Twitter).

On the 7th and 13th of April, Chelsea will take on Porto, with the first leg being played in Portugal at the Estádio do Dragãgo.

Given the fact that Porto eliminated Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in the previous round, the clash against Portuguese side should not be overlooked.

This point was only emphasised by Tuchel, who admitted even though he was ‘happy’ to avoid English clubs Liverpool and Manchester City – his team should not underestimate Porto.

Should the Blues overcome their opponents, they will then face either Liverpool or Real Madrid for a place in the Champions League final.

FA Cup:

Moving on to the FA Cup, where Chelsea saw victory over Sheffield United to secure a place within the competitions semi-finals.

It wasn’t a pretty performance by any means, but a consecutive 2-0 score line proved enough to overcome the Blades.

Chelsea’s FA Cup destiny has also been determined, with the London club set to face Manchester City in the competitions semi-finals on the weekend commencing April 17th 2021.

(credit | @chelseafc on Twitter).

A victory against City would then launch Chelsea into their fourth final in 5 years – setting them up for a Wembley showdown against either Leicester or Southampton on May 15th.

International Break:

With April set to be a huge month for Tuchel and Chelsea, the team will now look towards the international break, before returning to action on April 3rd against West Brom in the Premier League.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

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