Having already knocked out one European powerhouse, Porto is not feeling too overwhelmed about going up in opposition to Chelsea within the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday.
After eliminating Juventus within the final 16, Porto hosts the primary leg in opposition to Chelsea in a match that will probably be performed in Seville, Spain, due to journey restrictions associated to the coronavirus pandemic. The second leg will even be performed at Sevilla’s Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium.
“They’re completely different groups however they’re each used to enjoying on the highest degree and each have nice gamers,” Porto coach Sérgio Conceição stated on Tuesday. “We don’t have a price range much like them, however we’re a historic membership and we’re prepared. We now have spirit and high quality. What we did in opposition to Juventus confirmed that we’ve nice high quality.”
Porto superior previous Juventus on away objectives after profitable the primary leg at house 2-1 and shedding the return match Three-2 in additional time in Italy.
Porto captain Pepe stated the video games in opposition to Juventus helped elevate the requirements for Porto.
“It offers us extra duty,” Pepe stated. “We performed 60 minutes with a person down in opposition to Juventus. We performed very compact. We knew what the coach had requested us to do. The sport in opposition to Chelsea will probably be a special story however we will probably be ready.”
Earlier, Pepe stated he and his teammates heard the claims about Chelsea gamers celebrating after drawing Porto for the quarterfinals.
Publicly, although, Chelsea’s gamers aren’t taking their opponents frivolously.
“It’s a troublesome draw,” Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic stated on Tuesday. “Porto is an effective crew, we noticed that in opposition to Juventus. They knocked out an enormous opponent and confirmed togetherness and nice spirit.”
Sérgio Oliveira, who scored twice for Porto in opposition to Juventus, together with the extra-time purpose that sealed Porto’s spot within the final eight, won’t play Wednesday due to a yellow card suspension.
Mehdi Taremi, who was despatched off with a pink card early within the second half in Turin, additionally will probably be absent.
“It isn’t straightforward to take care of Sérgio Oliveira’s absence, however I’m right here to search out options,” Conceição stated.
Porto is attempting to make it to the Champions League semifinals for the primary time since profitable the European trophy in 2004. It additionally was a quarterfinalist in 2019, shedding to eventual champion Liverpool.