EFE.- Porto vs Chelsea face this Wednesday, April 7 at 14:00 Peruvian time (19:00 GMT) for the first leg of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. This commitment will take place at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville. Follow Porto vs Chelsea LIVE HERE.
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You can follow the match for the first leg of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League live by ESPN. Chelsea are facing an unrepeatable opportunity to get into their first semifinals of the Champions League in seven years against a Porto that already hit the bell against Juventus of Turin and that can repeat the feat of the times of José Mourinho.
Those of Thomas Tuchel, yes, they come from losing their first game since the German coach arrived. A 2-5 defeat against West Bromwich Albion that has opened the team’s doubts, although it was conditioned by the expulsion of Thiago Silva after half an hour.
After only conceding two goals in 15 games, Chelsea took five this weekend and their priority will be to leave the door to zero with the defense of five that Tuchel will raise. The loss of N’golo Kanté, due to physical problems, defines the middle with Mateo Kovacic (who if he receives a yellow, he loses the return) and Jorginho.
Mason Mount is another essential and Tuchel will continue to give confidence to a denied Timo Werner in the face of goal. Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Hakim Ziyech will compete for the last place in attack.
With Atlético de Madrid already eliminated, in the great step forward for Chelsea in Europe in recent years, the ‘Blues’ aspire to a semi-final that they have not stepped on since 2014 against the team that everyone wanted in the draw a few weeks ago .
For its part, Porto has grown strong this year in Europe thanks to a signature block designed by coach Sérgio Conceiçao, who wants to relive the exploits of Mourinho, in 2004, and Arthur Jorge, in 1987, when “the dragons “European champions were proclaimed.
With three Champions in his showcases, ex-Madrid player Pepe leads a squad in which no other player has any European title. Pepe is the benchmark that made possible the dream of eliminating Juventus from Turin in the round of 16, while goalkeeper Marchesín becomes great in the Champions League.
The Argentine goalkeeper conceded 3 goals in all six group stage matches, all in the first match against City and in the next five he left the goal to zero. In addition, in the two eighth games against the Italians he was decisive with his interventions.
However, Conceiçao has two problems, one in the midfield and the other above, since the Portuguese midfielder Sérgio Oliveira and the Iranian forward Mehdi Taremi will be out due to accumulation of cards. The “portista” fantasy is carried out by the Mexican Jesús “Tecatito” Corona, who is one of the players with the greatest capacity to overflow and generate offensive play.
For the band, the Colombian Luis Díaz, who is not fixed in the starting eleven, will be able to jump from the beginning to make up for the loss of Taremi. A very vertical player with a great shot. In the center of the field, another Colombian, Uribe, means of containment that will be accompanied by the Serbian international Marko Grujic, who will have the mission of replacing Oliveira.
And upstairs, the stout Malian forward Moussa Marega will be in charge of fixing the Chelsea defense.
During the match, Murcian Toni Martínez will have his chance, who last matchday scored in the discount the goal that gave Porto the victory over Santa Clara. Porto wants to relive in Seville that UEFA final that beat Celtic (3-2) in 2003 and appeals to the fact that the two times it has managed to reach the semifinals of the Champions League, it ended up winning the competition.
First, in 1987, with that high heel from the Algerian Madjer and the endless races of Futre, and the second time in 2004, with Mourinho on the bench and players of the stature of Deco, Vítor Baía, Maniche or Carvalho.
EFE Agency • Futbolperuano.com • Tue, 06 / Apr / 2021 10:47 am