Chelsea legend, Petr Cech, has predicted the Blues to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals forward of FC Porto when either side conflict within the quarter-final first and second legs in April.
Cech, who admitted that the tie in opposition to Porto could be powerful, believes Chelsea’s confidence and energy will assist them safe a semi-finals spot.
The previous goalkeeper stated this whereas reacting to Chelsea’s Champions League last-8 draw in opposition to Porto on Friday.
Chelsea eradicated Atletico Madrid from the Champions League last-16, whereas Porto knocked out Juventus.
“Whenever you attain the quarter-final of the Champions League, you realize you’ll face a tough opponent,” Cech advised Chelsea’s web site.
“Because it stands now, we play Porto as regular away and residential and you may put together for that.
“It’s an opponent we have to respect. They’ve a historical past within the Champions League and European Cup. It’s a crew we will likely be ready for and able to play in opposition to.”
He added, “We’ve got performed Porto a couple of instances within the Champions League.
“All of the video games had been at all times tight and really tough. We anticipate the identical. They had been good within the group with Manchester Metropolis, and so they managed to go and beat Juventus, one other big of European soccer, so we’ve to respect that, however we’ve our confidence, and we all know the energy of our crew. Hopefully, we are able to undergo.”
Cech met Porto on three events throughout his enjoying days.
He received the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012.