Chelsea have each probability of successful the Champions League for a second time, believes former hero Michael Essien.
The Blues proceed their pursuit to change into European champions once more tonight as they tackle Porto within the first leg of their quarter-final tie, LIVE on talkSPORT.
Ought to they get previous the Portuguese facet as anticipated, Chelsea will play the winner of the Actual Madrid vs Liverpool tie within the semi-finals, which means they’ll keep away from the likes of Manchester Metropolis, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain till the ultimate.
Essien was a part of the Blues squad that gained the competitors towards the percentages in 2012 and thinks the most recent crop of gamers can do what he and his former teammates did.
He advised talkSPORT: “I believe they will win it. In the event that they win the Champions League that may be an excellent achievement for the gamers and the soccer membership.”
Chelsea’s season has had its regular chaos with proprietor Roman Abramovich opting to sack membership legend Frank Lampard as supervisor again in January.
Though Lampard lasted simply shy of 18 months within the hotseat, Essien believes his former teammate may be pleased with what he achieved in that point.
Essien added: “I’ve to be pleased with him for what he did as a result of I believe he did an excellent job.
“He introduced a number of younger gamers via so I believe he did a superb job. He did very effectively.
“But it surely’s the enterprise of soccer. If the outcomes aren’t coming then the supervisor pays for it however he must be very pleased with himself.
“Understanding Frank, realizing how sturdy he’s mentally, I’m certain he’ll bounce again very quickly.”
Lampard’s successor, Thomas Tuchel, has made a robust begin to life at Stamford Bridge, having gone on a 14-match unbeaten run to start his reign.
The unbeaten run got here to a sudden finish as Chelsea suffered a shock 5-2 defeat to West Brom final weekend however Essien believes the German is the precise man to steer Chelsea.
He added: “He’s are available in and is doing an excellent job in the intervening time. I believe he’s the precise man for the group.
“We simply must help him and want him very effectively. Hopefully he can proceed the nice job he’s doing in the intervening time with the soccer membership and the gamers he’s bought.”