Porto, Chelsea set for Seville battle

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2020-21 UEFA Champions League

Quarter-final, first leg

Porto vs Chelsea 

Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
Seville, Spain
Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Kick-off is at 21:00 CAT 
Porto and Chelsea will meet in a ‪2020-21 Uefa Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie in Seville, Spain on Wednesday. 

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The two clubs have been regular adversaries on the continent over the last two decades and will both be eager to end a lengthy wait for a last four appearance when they meet this month. 

This is Chelsea's first quarter-final appearance since 2014 while Porto haven't won a last-eight tie since storming to the Champions League crown under former Blues boss Jose Mourinho in 2004. 

Porto have been on the wrong end of results against English opposition in recent seasons and Chelsea will be favourites, but Thomas Tuchel will not allow his troops to get ahead of themselves, knowing all too well how it ended for Juventus. 

"Clearly many people will make us favourites against Porto, that will not help us. It doesn't help you. You can ask in Turin if that helps you," said Chelsea boss Tuchel. "But we are self-confident and that is strongly connected with our performances.

"We are self-confident and that is strongly connected with our performances. So we are confident that we will face a strong opponent and face them with respect, but we are in the quarter-final and are focused on winning that. And our only focus is how we can reach the semi-final. We are self-confident enough that we see our chances."

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The Dragons beat Italian giants Juventus on away goals (following a 4-4 draw on aggregate) in the round of 16 while Chelsea triumphed over LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid 3-0 over two legs. 
The second-leg will take place at the very same venue on the 13th of April. Both matches will be played at Estadio Ramón Sánchez due to travel restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic between Portugal and the United Kingdom. 

Porto vs Chelsea head-to-head statistics: 
Matches: 8
Porto wins: 2
Chelsea wins: 5
Draws: 1 

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Published: 04/06/2021