Best and worst-case Champions League draws for Chelsea as Graham Potter concern remains

Best and worst-case Champions League draws for Chelsea as Graham Potter concern remains

It will be shortly before lunchtime on Friday that Graham Potter and his Chelsea players discover who they will face in the Champions League quarter-finals. There will be no easy opponent, no soft touch. Yet that doesn’t mean there isn’t a more favourable draw.

Chelsea secured their place in the last eight by overcoming Borussia Dortmund. It was not an easy tie. The Blues were beaten 1-0 out in Germany but produced the standout performance of the Potter era back at Stamford Bridge to secure a 2-1 aggregate victory and advance.

They will be joined in the quarter-finals by many of the great and good of European football. Real Madrid are a potential opponent. Bayern Munich too. A familiar foe would be Manchester City. While no club will be keen on taking on Serie A leaders Napoli given their impressive performances this term.

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Potter will not let on his true feelings about the draw when he speaks to the press on Friday afternoon; he will stay professional and respectful to whichever opponent the Blues will take on in the last eight. Chelsea supporters do not have to be quite as tactful – they can very much give their honest opinion.

And in this piece, we have carefully selected the draw we believe gives Chelsea the best chance to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League. But we have also chosen the club to avoid – and we are pretty sure there isn’t a Blues fan who would disagree with our selection.

Best case


The Italian giants are European football royalty: Milan have won the European Cup/Champions League on seven occasions, a total only Real Madrid can better. Yet despite winning Serie A last term in impressive style, Stefano Pioli’s side have been inconsistent this season.


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