Chelsea will reach the Champions League semi-finals, according to Paul Merson, if they can avoid two teams in the draw..
Graham Potter’s side appear to have found their groove after a poor run of results, and are currently on a three-game winning streak, including a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund, which secured their place in the UCL quarter-finals.
They’ll find out who their opponents are on Friday after the round of 16 matches are completed, with Bayern Munich, AC Milan, and Benfica currently in the draw with the Blues.
Manchester City or RB Leipzig, Real Madrid or Liverpool, Inter Milan or Porto, and Napoli or Frankfurt will join that quartet..
However, Merson believes that only two of those potential opponents should cause Chelsea concern, claiming that they can and should continue to win if the draw is favorable.
Chelsea had an outstanding week, with victories over Leeds, Dortmund, and Leicester, and with Everton at home next, they can get back on track.’ The Arsenal legend contributed to Sky Sports.
‘With the exception of Manchester City and Bayern Munich, I don’t think many teams will want to play Chelsea if the Champions League quarter-final draw goes their way. If they don’t meet those two, I believe they’ll advance to the semi-finals..
City and Bayern are the two favorites to win Europe’s biggest prize this season, with the latter having won all eight games in the competition so far, including both legs of their round of 16 tie with PSG.
Meanwhile, the Citizens are not guaranteed to be in Friday’s draw after drawing 1-1 in Leipzig, with the second leg scheduled for Tuesday night at the Etihad..
Chelsea’s only remaining trophy is the Champions League, which may be their only way of securing a place in the competition for next season, despite the club remaining 11 points off the Premier League top four despite an impressive win at Leicester last Saturday..
Graham Potter has switched to three at the back, and it appears to be working. It took him a while to get it right, but he’s 100 percent better than with four in defense..
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