Not being in Europe is never positive – Potter
chelsea They have work to do if they want to move forward Champions League quarter-finals when Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 rematch tonight.
Despite its impressive performance during the reverse fixture Blues track Dortmund 1-0 on aggregate They will bring confidence to the match thanks to Karim Adeyemi’s counter attacks. pass Leeds for the weekend. Consecutive earnings will relieve the growing pressure in the manager Graham Potter Still trying to impose his style on Chelsea’s superstar team.
However, a difficult task awaits the Blues. Potter’s team have struggled to score goals – only four times in their last 11 games in all competitions and have not scored more than once in a single game – but they have to pass a high-flying Dortmund side at least twice if they want to advance without overtime or penalties.
Edin Terzić’s team has an 11-game winning streak stretching back to November 2022. They are second only to goal difference in the Bundesliga and look like potential contenders to advance in Europe in their current year.
Follow as Chelsea host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League round of 16:
What do Chelsea need to do to move forward?
To advance to the Champions League quarter-finals, Graham Potter’s team will need to score two goals in 90 minutes to close the gap in the first game. They will score more than one goal in a game for the first time since 27 December.
The Blues can also pass if they keep a clean slate and score a goal, but their course means taking the draw into overtime and winning the penalty shootout.
If Dortmund scores at any point, Chelsea must match them +1 or they will be out of competition.
Michael Jones7 March 2023 19:10
Graham Potter says Raheem Sterling could inspire Champions League comeback
Raheem Sterling Champions League Experience can make the difference when they face Chelsea. Borussia Dortmund It’s in the second leg of their last 16 draw on Tuesday, according to Graham Potter.
The Bundesliga side is 1-0 up from the first game in Germany, a game where Potter’s side dominated but failed to make the most of a series of chances.
The English midfielder missed the game at Signal Iduna Park, but has made a noticeable difference in Chelsea’s offense since returning from knee and hamstring injuries that forced him to miss most of January and February.
beat the blues Leeds 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, their first win since 15 January, Sterling’s direct run and left flank shots are a key factor in transforming the striker’s play after defeats to Tottenham and Southampton.
Michael Jones7 March 2023 19:05
Who is more fit?
They are second in the Bundesliga after Bayern Munich by goal difference and head to London to record their 12th consecutive win in all competitions.
By comparison, Chelsea are hoping for back-to-back wins for the first time since October.
Michael Jones7 March 2023 19:00
Loftus-Cheek on gaining momentum
Ruben Loftus-Cheek says Chelsea have the talent and skills to continue their streak.
“We got a win against Leeds, we can win against Dortmund and then we can keep winning.” We have quality players and managers to do that.
“We understand that we’ve been mediocre and we don’t just accept it. Losses and draws hurt us because we don’t have that as Chelsea players and we are doing our best to turn this situation around.
“Of course you’ll get criticism especially at Chelsea, but we don’t expect to stay in this bad form. We expect the players to stick together and get over it.”
Michael JonesMarch 7, 2023 18:55
Chelsea-Borussia Dortmund team change
Graham Potter is making just two changes to Chelsea’s team that beat Leeds over the weekend. As Benoit Badiashile was not included in the Champions League squad, Marc Cucurella takes his place at the centre-back.
Reece James also proved his fitness and replaced Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a right-back.
There are also a few changes in Dortmund’s team, which beat Chelsea in the first leg. Alexander Meyer replaces injured goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, while Marco Reus takes the lead over injured previous match winner Karim Adeyemi.
Michael Jones7 March 2023 18:50
Graham Potter offers update on N’Golo Kante’s return to Chelsea
Graham Potter N’Golo won’t rush to activate Kante chelsea While he continues to recover from the hamstring injury that has kept him out since August.
The midfielder is not in contention for a spot when the Blues face off. Borussia Dortmund in them Champions League On Tuesday’s final of 16 rematches, the manager confirmed that he participated in two full practice sessions with the first team.
Kante has been unable to reach Potter since his appointment in September and underwent surgery in October after an injury seven months ago when Chelsea drew 2-2 with Tottenham.
The team’s form has deteriorated badly in the absence of their most effective midfielder, and Saturday’s 1-0 win over Leeds was their third record in their last 15.
Michael Jones7 March 2023 18:45
Chelsea v Borussia Dortmund squad
Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Fofana, Koulibaly, Cucurella, James, Kovacic, Fernandez, Chilwell, Sterling, Havertz, Felix
Borussia Dortmund XI: Meyer, Wolf, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro, Can, Brandt, Bellingham, Ozcan, Reus, Haller
Michael JonesMarch 7, 2023 18:40
What happened in the first match?
The first match was an open relationship between teams at Signal Iduna Park. Good luck was created and there was great back and forth in the tempo of the match.
Chelsea held the ball and had more chances, but Borussia Dortmund took the win thanks to a fantastic splitting goal from Karim Adeyemi just after the clock signal.
The German side are now 1-0 ahead on aggregate and Chelsea have work to do to get this draw back.
Michael Jones7 March 2023 18:35
Loftus-Cheek says Chelsea ready for ‘challenge’ against Dortmund
Ruben Loftus-Cheek speaks ahead of Chelsea’s critical Champions League draw tonight and says the team will leave their complacent league form behind and rise to the challenge.
“You go from the Premier League to the Champions League and it’s a total change in your head,” he said.
“It can be a mental thing. Sometimes we players who play for Chelsea, when the pressure is on us in these big, big games in the Champions League, we always take the pressure.
“Anything can happen in the Champions League. We think we can definitely win on Tuesday. We have a big game ahead of us and we expect ourselves to rise to it.”
Michael Jones7 March 2023 18:30
Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund
The stage was set for another European night at Stamford Bridge. Can Chelsea overcome a one-goal shortfall and advance to the Champions League quarter-finals?
Michael JonesMarch 7, 2023 18:25