Chelsea Champions League quarter-final legs to be played in Seville

March 30, 2021 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Both legs of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final against Portuguese side Porto will be played in Seville.

Covid-19 travel restrictions mean the match cannot take place in Portugal, so Porto’s home leg will be next Wednesday with Chelsea’s taking place six days later.

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UEFA said: “UEFA is able to officially confirm that the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first and second-leg matches involving FC Porto and Chelsea FC, will now both be played at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Seville.

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“The dates of the matches (April 7 and April 13) and the kick-off times (9pmCET) will remain the same.

“UEFA would like to thank FC Porto and Chelsea FC for their support and close cooperation, as well as the Portuguese Football Federation, The Football Association, the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Sevilla FC for their assistance and agreeing to stage the matches.”

Reacting to the draw earlier this month, Thomas Tuchel was happy that Chelsea drew Porto and not another Premier League side.

Tuchel said: “First of all I’m happy we play an international game not against English team because Champions League is about that as I always prefer to play teams from other countries.

“Then we have a second leg at home which feels good, to start with an away game and then maybe the slight advantage to finish at home. Clearly many people will maybe now make us favourites against Porto that will not help us because you can ask in Turin their opinion about whether it helps you to be favourites.

“It does not help you but we are self confident and that is strongly connected with our performances.

“We are confident that we face a strong opponent that we face with all the respect but now that we are in quarter-final we think about how to win it and the only thing we focus on is to reach the semi-final and we are confident enough that we see our chances.”