Chelsea have each probability of profitable the Champions League for a second time, believes former hero Michael Essien.
The Blues proceed their pursuit to turn out to be 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, that means they may keep away from the likes of Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain till the ultimate.
Essien was a part of the Blues squad that received 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 feel they’ll win it. In the event that they win the Champions League that may be an amazing achievement for the gamers and the soccer membership.”
Chelsea’s season has had its common 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 might be happy with what he achieved in that point.
Essien added: “I’ve to be happy with him for what he did as a result of I feel he did an excellent job.
“He introduced a number of younger gamers via so I feel he did a superb job. He did very nicely.
“Nevertheless it’s the enterprise of soccer. If the outcomes aren’t coming then the supervisor pays for it however he must be very happy with himself.
“Figuring out Frank, realizing how sturdy he’s mentally, I’m positive he’ll bounce again very quickly.”
Lampard’s successor, Thomas Tuchel, has made a powerful 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 fitting man to guide Chelsea.
He added: “He’s are available and is doing an amazing job in the mean time. I feel he’s the fitting man for the crew.
“We simply need to assist him and want him very nicely. Hopefully he can proceed the nice job he’s doing in the mean time with the soccer membership and the gamers he’s received.”