{Watch Champions League preview} FC Porto vs Chelsea  All Preview, team news, stats, prediction & odds

{Watch Champions League preview} FC Porto vs Chelsea  All Preview, team news, stats, prediction & odds

{Watch Champions League preview} FC Porto vs Chelsea  All Preview, team news, stats, prediction & odds

As far as preparations go, losing 5-2 to the second worst team in the league is not exactly the most ideal way to head into this most crucial Champions League tie, even if it was the first defeat under Thomas Tuchel.

A (first) defeat was of course always bound to happen eventually. The key now is responding to it properly and emphatically. We got about as favorable a draw as possible for these quarterfinals and potentially the semifinals, but that doesn’t mean this will easy — far from it.

Date / Time: Wednesday, April 7, 20.00 BST; 3pm EDT; 12.30am IST (next day)
Venue: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, Seville, Spain — both legs will be played in this stadium due to current COVID travel restrictions in place in Portugal and England. This is technically the away leg for us.
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (on pitch); Pawel Gil (VAR)
Forecast: Warm and sunny, turning warm and not sunny at night

Porto team news: The team’s two leading goalscorers, midfielder Sérgio Oliveira and forward Mehdi Taremi, are both suspended for this first leg. They scored three of the team’s four goals in the previous round to help upset Juventus. That said, Porto lead the Primeira Liga in goalscoring, so they can find a source of production in this case well.

Porto dominated their domestic league throughout the early 2000s, but have won it just twice since 2013, including last year. They look unlikely to retain it however with an eight-point deficit to leaders Sporting Lisbon at the moment.

Porto beat Juventus in the Round of 16, conceding four goals across the two legs but advancing on away goals. The only other European game in which they’ve conceded this season was their very first group stage match against Manchester City, which they lost 3-1. Chelsea loanee Malang Sarr, who is eligible to face his parent team, has often played a crucial part in that excellent defensive record.

Porto head coach and former Portuguese international, Sérgio Conceição, is vary of Chelsea’s threat, but as the underdogs, has nothing to lose

Chelsea team news: The big news, other than the shocking defeat on Saturday, is that every player is supposedly healthy and fit enough to feature in the matchday squad, though N’Golo Kanté is unlikely to make it beyond the substitutes bench. This should give Tuchel plenty of choice for figuring out an optimal lineup that would help us return to the defensive solidity seen over the course of the past two months. Whether he can make the correct choices however is a different question.

Saturday’s defeat was Tuchel’s first ever and Chelsea’s first after 15 unbeaten in all competitions (14 under the new head coach). Time to start a new streak!

Previously: There’s plenty of shared history between the teams in terms of players, managers, transfers, but they have also faced each no fewer than other eight times already in Europe over the past couple decades, mostly in the group stages (Chelsea winning four out of the six). The only time we met in the knockout rounds was in 2006-07, when a late Ballack winner in the second leg sent Chelsea through to the quarterfinals. (Mourinho’s Chelsea beat Valencia there, but would end up losing to Liverpool on penalties in the semifinal.

Previous meetings

2004/05 Champions League group stage
Home W 3-1
Away L 1-2

2006/07 Champions League round of 16 first leg
Away D 1-1
Home W 2-1

2009/10 Champions League group stage
Home W 1-0
Away W 1-0

2015/16 Champions League group stage
Away L 1-2
Home W 2-0

Chelsea last away meeting with Porto

Champions League Group G, Estadio do Dragao, 29.09.15, 7.45pm

Porto (4-3-3): Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Maicon (c), Marcano, Martins Indi; Neves (Evandro 77), Danilo, Imbula; Andre Andre (Layun 80), Aboubakar, Brahimi (Osvaldo 86)
Unused subs: Helton, Corona, Tello, Bueno
Booked: Martins Indi, Marcano, Danilo, Imbula
Scorers: Andre Andre 39, Maicon 52
Manager: Julen Lopetegui

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Begovic; Ivanovic (c), Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Ramires (Matic 72), Mikel (Hazard 61); Pedro (Kenedy 72), Fabregas, Willian; Diego Costa
Unused subs: Blackman, Terry, Baba, Loftus-Cheek
Booked: Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic
Scorer: Willian 45+2
Manager: Jose Mourinho

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Attendance: 46,120

Porto’s biggest home win in the Champions League

17/09/14 – Porto 6-0 BATE Borisov – group stage

Chelsea’s biggest away win in the Champions League

20/10/1999 – Galatasaray 0-5 Chelsea – first group stage
25/11/2014 – Schalke 0-5 Chelsea – group stage

Chelsea stats

chelsea only other competitive game at Seville’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan was in the group stage in December when they defeated Sevilla 4-0.

This is the blues 10th quarter-final in the competition. They have progressed in seven of the previous nine.

Chelsea have reached the Champions League quarter-final without losing a game for only the second time. 2007/08 was the other when we went on to lose the final in Moscow.

The loss at Bayern Munich last season is Chelsea only defeat in 15 European away matches (11 wins, three draws).

Chelsea record against Portuguese clubs is 10 wins, one draw and two defeats. Away from home chelsea have won three, drawn one and lost two (both to Porto).

Chelsea have won all three knockout games against Portuguese sides; Porto in 2006/07 and Benfica 2011/12 (both in the Champions League quarter-finals) and the Europa League final against Benfica in 2013.

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