Chelsea were being seen as underdogs thought out this season have finally sealed the deal for the Champions League last-16 round of fixtures after a 2-0 win against Porto at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who has won twice Europe’s most elite competition and the Portuguese believes his club can still win the title this year.
“A team struggling so much like we are is not obviously a candidate to win the Champions League,” said Mourinho, as reported by Sky News.
“I think everybody wants to play us,” he added. “They don’t want to play Barcelona, they don’t want to play Real Madrid, they don’t want to play Atletico, they don’t want to play Bayern.
“Every team finishing second want to get us, they want to get Zenit.”
Three Premier League trio – Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal will be representing the in the latter stages of Champions League.
However, Mourinho’s struggling form could be a major trouble in the next round, meaning it is difficult to put ‘the favourites’ tag on the west Londoners for any of their possible fixtures. as the Blues could face Parsi Saint Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Juventus, Roma in the knock-out round.
Chelsea could take the revenge on the Ligue 1 champions PSG for last season’s exit, but the likes of PSV Eindhoven and Gent offer an easy route in the quarter-finals stage.
The Italian duo – Juventus and Roma will avoid the Blues, and there is a possibility of a return to Portugal for Mourinho in the shape of Benfica.
The last 16 draw will be announced on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland.