The long-awaited day is finally upon us. Chelsea head into tonight's game in a commanding position. A win or draw is enough for the blues to qualify for their first semi-finals since the 2013/2014 season. Even a 1-0 Lost would not stop Chelsea from qualifying tonight. Certainly, the game would be difficult, but this 60 years old record should relieve the tensions of all Chelsea fans.
The blues have never lost any European knockout tie after winning the first away game. They always progress in any two-legged European Knockout tie that they have won the first away game. They had been 14 such occasions in the past and they came out victorious.
Atletico Madrid was the last team to suffer from this fine record. Oliver Giroud's goal gave Chelsea the lead in the first leg. Chelsea then completed the job at Stamford Bridge. The same thing is about to play out tonight.
Also, the blues have not been eliminated by any small name since the competition was named UEFA Champions League. When I say 'small team', am talking of teams outside the big five leagues. The only time small clubs eliminated Chelsea from the UEFA Champions League was in the group stage( 2012/2013 season). Nordsjælland and Shakhtar Donetsk were in the group that eliminated Chelsea from the group stage that season.
Porto is a big name in the Champions League, but they are still outside the big five leagues. It would take a big miracle for Porto to overturn this tie.
Having these records in mind, Chelsea would go into this game with full confidence. A few days ago, the blues got their biggest win under Thomas Tuchel. This is also a big morale boost for the boys to complete the job tonight.
What your take on this? Do you think Porto have what it takes to gun down Chelsea tonight? Or do you think these records would still prevail tonight? Drop your comments.
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