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Why Chelsea are favorite to win the Champions League

The Stamford Bridge outfit have witnessed a remarkable change in fortune ever since the appointment of manager, Thomas Tuchel, replacing England legend, Frank Lampard. 

Tuchel has made an impactful start to life at Stamford Bridge, trading an expansive, unrestricted football to a more possession-based football with rigid structure, favouring a 3-4-2-1 formation which pack 8 players in the middle of the park, allowing them to retain and regain possession when lost. 

Coronavirus pandemic has caused clubs to adopt a more cautious approach to their style of play, to adapt to the realities of the pandemic. However, many teams have been unable to adapt their play to conserve players' energy, or when they do, unable to produce the desired results.

PSG 3-2 win over Bayern München was a classical example of such, with the game lacking structure.

Chelsea 2-0 win over Porto offers insight into what the blues side can offer in terms of control which is necessary in pandemic-enforced football. Chelsea sucked teams inward, closing down playing lines in the midfield, while focusing on shape and discipline. 

With a 2-0 advantage going into the second leg, Chelsea are favorites to progress to the semifinals of the Champions League where they will probably face Real Madrid. A Real Madrid team suffering from injury and lack of firepower, Chelsea are poised to go all the way to the finals. 

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