This Wednesday the Champions League continues in its quarter-final phase. The big surprise, Porto, receives the beaten Chelsea in the first leg. Colombians return to the scene.
Both Matheus Uribe and Luis Díaz will seek to strike another blow on the mes in the European tournament, after surprisingly defeating Juventus by Cristiano and Juan Cuadrado.
A curious fact excites the ‘Dragons’, facing the 2020-21 edition of the Champions League. Let’s remember that they managed to stay with the ‘Orejona’ on two occasions … Will this be the third?
The first consecration of the Portuguese team came in 1986-87, when, against all odds, they defeated the all-powerful Bayern Munich 2-1 in the decisive duel. Goals from Rabah Madjer (79 ‘) and Juary (81’), in an epic comeback.
17 years later, in 2003-04, the Portuguese won their second European title at the hands of Jose Mourinho. That solid defensive team thrashed AS Monaco 3-0 in the grand final. Scores by Carlos Alberto (39 ‘), Deco (71’) and Dmitri Alenichev (75 ‘) sealed the victory.
Currently, another 17 years later, Sérgio Conceição’s men come from being second in Group C, behind Manchester City, and taking out a great favorite like Juve in the second round. Chelsea does not seem like an invincible rival, an aspect that makes them dream, at least, of the semi-finals.
Cabal, luck, curiosity, coincidence … Call it what you want, the truth is that Porto wants to make history and is on the right track.