Can Chelsea win the Champions League?
You would say that Chelsea have been the weakest team out of the four British teams that qualified for the Champions League this season, but yet they are the only team left in the competition.
It’s difficult to look beyond Barcelona or Real Madrid as potential winners though. They seem to be head and shoulders above the rest, especially with the form of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The quarter-final tie against Benfica is absolutely massive for Chelsea with their fight for 4th taking a big hit against Manchester City last night, winning the Champions League could be their only way of being in it next year.
Benfica are a very good side though. They have proved this in previous rounds of the competition and they are competing for another La Liga title.
Chelsea on their day are a world class side, there is no denying that and they are a match for absolutely anyone if Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and co are all on song.
Chelsea will probably go into the tie against Benfica slight favourites although the Portuguese side will be full of confidence after a 3-2 win against local rivals Porto.
If Chelsea manage to come out better against Benfica, the odds are they will be playing Real Madrid in the next round and it is difficult to see them getting anything.
In order for Chelsea to progress and possibly win the Champions League, Torres has to show some kind of form, and start to prove himself at the highest level again.
Torres – who scored two against Leicester in the FA Cup – and Drogba could be a real handful in this competition and there is no reason why they can’t click. If they do, Chelsea could end up turning this disappointing season into one of their best yet with the most prodigious piece of silverware the game has to offer.
In many ways, the pressure is off Chelsea as no-one is looking past the two Spanish giants for the trophy, so they could turn out to be a surprise package.
Petr Cech, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Michael Essien have all had the experience of a Champions League final in 2008 and none of them would want the hurt of losing again. It could also prove to be many of these players’ last shot at winning the trophy.
Chelsea fans will be praying to get past Benfica and prove that they are still a world class side. In order to win the Champions League, they will have to play some of the best football they have played for years and hope that Barcelona and Real Madrid are not quite at the races.
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