FC Porto land Chelsea in Champions League draw

Porto’s reward for sensationally knocking Juventus out of the Champions League is a quarter-final tie against English Premier League side Chelsea. Should the Dragons get past the London outfit, they will play either Liverpool or Real Madrid in the semi-final.

Despite recognising that Chelsea are a greatly improved team under new coach Thomas Tuchel, Porto vice-president Vítor Baía expressed his confidence that the Portuguese champions can make the last four. 

“When you’re in the quarter-finals of a competition of this level, any opponent you get will be of great quality,” said Baía. “We have to prepare well, because we still have a lot to say in this Champions League.

“We’re confident, but we know we’re going to play against a great team who have been recovering well since Thomas Tuchel has taken over as coach, especially from the defensive point of view, but they also have a lot of quality in the final third. They are a very balanced team, in the image of their coach, but let’s see.

“We will focus on what we have to do. It’s wide open, and in my eyes FC Porto are always favourites, no matter who the opposition. We have optimism and a desire to qualify for the semi-finals.”

 


Related: Porto knock out Juventus after epic match in Turin


 

Porto have met Chelsea 8 times previously, always in the Champions League, and do not have the best record against the Blues, winning just twice, drawing once and losing 5 times. Nevertheless, the legendary Porto goalkeeper reiterated his belief that the Dragons have nothing to be afraid of ahead of the clash.

“We know the DNA of our team, our culture, and we will be up for the challenge of a tie of this magnitude. The players are extremely motivated with what we are doing in the Champions League, a competition where everything comes down to small details, but our coach is meticulous at preparing for games, especially these kinds of games.

“We are ready for what is coming and we have a motivated and strong team as we saw in the tie against Juventus. The players want to continue writing their story and there is still a lot to write in this Champions League.”

by Tom Kundert

 

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Seems like that's it for Porto. I'm grateful for what they accomplished so far and hope they have enough character and quality to go further.

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This was what they said when Porto were to face Juventus. The same was also said to Benfica when they were placed with Arsenal. I really wanted Benfica to beat Arsenal just to prove the doubters wrong, but sadly they lost right at the very end.

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This was what they said when Porto were to face Juventus. The same was also said to Benfica when they were placed with Arsenal. I really wanted Benfica to beat Arsenal just to prove the doubters wrong, but sadly they lost right at the very end.

This Porto team and coach Sergio Conceiçao are full of passion and motivation right now. They just whooped the champions of Italian football's ass, so they move on to the next stage with no fear. Who knows, they might make Portuguese football proud one more.

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I disagree Samuel. Personally I don’t think this draw is bad at all for Porto. From here on out any of the match ups would be extremely difficult. However, I believe in this difficult situation Porto didn’t get anything near the worst case...

I disagree Samuel. Personally I don’t think this draw is bad at all for Porto. From here on out any of the match ups would be extremely difficult. However, I believe in this difficult situation Porto didn’t get anything near the worst case scenario.

I wouldn’t be betting against Porto in this tie if I were a betting person.

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Guys, going into this draw 3/4 teams that Porto could beat in these quarterfinals were drawn on their side of the bracket. This draw could hardly have gone better for them. At 30/1 odds to win the Champions league I would put a couple $ on bet365...

Guys, going into this draw 3/4 teams that Porto could beat in these quarterfinals were drawn on their side of the bracket. This draw could hardly have gone better for them. At 30/1 odds to win the Champions league I would put a couple $ on bet365 on them.

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This draw really could not have been much better for Porto. Given the side of the bracket they’re on (Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid) rather than the other (Man City, Bayern, PSG, Dortmund) it’s possible that they can make a deeper run into the...

This draw really could not have been much better for Porto. Given the side of the bracket they’re on (Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid) rather than the other (Man City, Bayern, PSG, Dortmund) it’s possible that they can make a deeper run into the competition. They’re facing a Chelsea side that is solid defensively, but have yet to become a free scoring team. Prior to the Atlético Madrid game they only managed 3 goals in their last 4. This Porto team is confident and defensively sound, if Pepe and co. can stay fit, I expect it to be a great tie. Liverpool and Real Madrid are struggling for form as well, making this side of the bracket all the more interesting, in Porto’s favour.

This bracket and difference of quality among the two sides reminds me of the one in Euro 2016, that saw Portugal win it without having to play any European giants until the final. Anything can happen in a one game-final. I’m a die-hard benfiquista, but I feel optimistic about Porto’s chances in the Champions league. Other than those two Europa league final defeats, Porto has been the only club that has brought European club-level glory to Portugal in recent times, and have done us proud by already coming this far.

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