Thomas Tuchel has insisted that being favorites for his or her Champions League quarter-final against Porto is not going to assist his side to Chelsea.
Chelsea managed to e-book their place within the final eight because of a snug 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid. The Blues gained 2-0 at Stamford Bridge within the second leg to advance.
The draw for the last eight occurred on Friday and Chelsea have had a tie with Porto. Portugal’s side beat Juventus on goals away to go.
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Tuchel informed reporters on Friday, as quoted by BBC Sport, that Chelsea presently has quite a lot of “self-confidence”:
“We’re happy to be enjoying an international team and not an English team as a result of the Champions League is concerned and I want to play against teams from different nations. The second leg is at home which feels good to start with an away sport and has a slight benefit to finish at home.
“You may ask in Turin whether or not it helps to be favorites, does not it. We’re self-confident and self-confidence is strongly linked to our performances and we’re assured that we face a powerful opponent with all of the respect.
“Now that we’re within the final eight we’re pondering of winning it and reaching the semi-finals and we’re assured that we see our possibilities.”
Thiago Silva missed the second leg with Atletico Madrid due to injury. Tuchel have confirmed they won’t jeopardize the defender against Sheffield United within the FA Cup on Sunday.
The Blues boss said he and the defender had a “great partnership” relationship back to their time at PSG:
“I’ve identified Thiago Silva for a lot of years – we had a great partnership at Paris St-Germain and he’s my trusted captain as a coach. As soon as he decides he’s a part of a team he’s 100% a part of the team and very skilled.
“If we need to get particular outcomes and particular moments we have to play with a particular environment. To create an environment like this you may rely on Thiago – he sees himself as a team player and lives for the team through which he performs. ”