FC Porto faces Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, April 7th at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (Sevilla)
Porto is a regular participant in European Cups. The previous Champions League draw was a failure. The Portuguese failed to eliminate Krasnodar in the qualification. However, things are going much better now. The team won the champion’s title in Portugal and made it to the Champions League group stage, where they took a confident second place and, thus, made it to the knockout rounds of the tournament. And Sergio Conceição's charges created a sensation. The Dragons knocked out Juventus at the previous stage of the competition. Cristiano Ronaldo once again was left without the most prestigious European club tournament.
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Chelsea failed to reach the top with Frank Lampard, although the young coach certainly made his contribution. Now the Pensioners are led by ex-coach of Paris Saint-Germain, Thomas Tuchel. And his new charges have not lost 14 consecutive matches in all tournaments. There have been many good results in this segment, including two victories over Atlético Madrid in the Champions League 1/8 finals. The positive streak was interrupted over the weekend when the Blues conceded five goals from West Bromwich. That does happen sometimes – the red card spoiled all the plans of the German mentor of the Pensioners.
We think that there will be few goals in the upcoming match. Porto is a home that has lost only twice in the last 20 games on its pitch. With the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea does not score many goals. The Blues tend to a greater percentage of ball possession and score 1-2 goals, which, as a rule, are enough to win. If we look at Tuchel's 15 matches at the helm of the Pensioners, then they and their opponents scored over 2.5 goals only twice. Goalkeeper Mendy often plays reliably. Considering that the advancement to the Champions League semifinals is at stake, and there is still a return game ahead, we believe that the viewers will see the minimum number of goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored