Chelsea checklist, Petr Cech, has predicted the Blues to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals sooner than FC Porto when each aspect conflict within the quarter-closing first and 2d legs in April.
Cech, who admitted that the tie in opposition to Porto would perhaps perhaps perhaps be sophisticated, believes Chelsea’s self assurance and energy will aid them accumulate a semi-finals space.
The used goalkeeper mentioned this while reacting to Chelsea’s Champions League closing-8 draw in opposition to Porto on Friday.
Chelsea eliminated Atletico Madrid from the Champions League closing-16, while Porto knocked out Juventus.
“Whenever you reach the quarter-closing of the Champions League, it’s essential to to perhaps face a posh opponent,” Cech knowledgeable Chelsea’s website online.
“Because it stands now, we play Porto as fashioned away and residence and you doubtlessly can also put collectively for that.
“It’s an opponent we must respect. They bear got a historical past within the Champions League and European Cup. It’s a crew we shall be ready for and ready to play in opposition to.”
He added, “We bear now got played Porto a few times within the Champions League.
“Your total video games had been continuously tight and extremely sophisticated. We query the identical. They had been appropriate within the group with Manchester Metropolis, and they managed to pass and beat Juventus, but another giant of European football, so we’ve to respect that, but we’ve our self assurance, and we know the energy of our crew. Optimistically, we are able to plow thru.”
Cech met Porto on three instances all thru his playing days.
He obtained the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012.