Champions League knockout stage action continues Tuesday with some very interesting matches on the decks. Tomorrow, Chelsea travel to Naples to take on high flying Napoli while CSKA Moscow will host Real Madrid at the Arena Khimki.
Of course, attention will be on Chelsea as they seek to turn around their dismal performances in their domestic campaigns. I have to admit, looking at Chelsea’s record in the tournament this season, walking away with a win from the Stadio San Paolo will be a huge task for the Blues.
With 2 draws and 1 loss, Chelsea have their work cut out for them. However, despite their record, coach Villas-Boas believes that his side can go all the way.
“If you go past Napoli then you can have a really good chance, depending on who you get in the draw – if you get a good draw,” he said.
“It will be a massive challenge. Everyone saw what Napoli did in a group which put another English team out.”
With a top four finish growing out of his reach, AVB has admitted that the only thing that can bring respite to Abramovich would be winning the Champions League.
“The Champions League is a competition that everyone wants to win,”
“The players will feel much more tension and feel it much more.
“There are two weeks between the games and it’s important for us to be competent and to bring the game to Stamford Bridge with a win or a draw, ideally a scoring draw. Then we can finish the business here.”
With Drogba back from international duty, AVB shoould give the aging Ivory the nod ahead of misfiring Torres who failed to score in Didier’s 3 week absence. Picking him over Drogba seems unlikely, however, for some reason, AVB and Chelsea continue to hope that Torres will miraculously turn around his poor form.
Torres should just be sold. Period! I would prefer to see Drogba and Sturridge start, but i have a feeling that might not happen, but if it does, a win at the Stadio San Paolo is not impossible.
What do you think? Will Chelsea win or will they lose?
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