Chelsea have had a remarkable turnaround in their performance since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lamaprd at the end of January. The Blues are on a 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions, and have secured qualification for Champions League quarterfinals and FA Cup semifinals.
Chelsea have also improved their chances of qualifying for next year’s Champions League season by climbing up to fourth position in the table, 3 points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have been handed a considerably comfortable draw in the Champions League quarterfinals as the Blues face FC Porto, who knocked out Juventus in the round of 16. Petr Cech, Chelsea’s technical and performance director, feels Tuchel’s experience in European competitions could help Chelsea progress further in Champions League this season.
Speaking to Chelsea TV, Petr Cech said “As a club, we have the history of being in the Champions League and European Cups, there are still a lot of players in our squad who went through it, who won the European Cup and they will help as well.”
“The experience of the manager going through European ties all the way to the final is something that might add and help everybody. We obviously hope he will take advantage of our draw and they will progress and we’ll at least get into the further stages of the competition.“
“Once you’re in the competition you always want to try and win it.”
“We respect the opponent and as well, they were good in the group with Manchester City and they obviously managed to go and beat Juventus which is another giant in terms of European football so we have to respect that.”
“We have our confidence and we know the strength of our team. Hopefully we can go through.”