Chelsea were triumphant in their first leg of the tie with a 2 goal lead
Chelsea will go head to head with FC Porto on Tuesday for the second leg of their quarter finals clash after taking a 2-0 lead on the first leg.
With the game set to hold on same ground due to coronavirus restrictions, Chelsea would now be considered as the side on home ground.
Winning the first leg by 2 goal margin only leaves Blues with more advantage but Sérgio Conceição seems not to be scared about the stats.
Ahead of the game tomorrow, the manager in his conference today sent out warning messages to Chelsea implementing, the huge money spent by the London side doesn’t guarantee them qualification.
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Chelsea is known around Europe to have spent mega in the previous two transfer windows after coming off a transfer ban.
But despite the new signings are yet to proper find their legs at Stanford Bridge, the side is currently considered a threat in their competitive leagues.
Coupled with the fact a manager a intelligent as Tuchel took over the wheels and trashed out Atletico Madrid in a record breaking style(it is the first time Chelsea knocked out Atletico Madrid in the competition without conceding goals on either leg) to advance into the Quarter finals stage.
Speaking ahead of the game, Sérgio Conceição said; “It is not the money that wins games or the statistics, we are ready to go to the fight and to fight”.
FC Porto is known to be a very strong side both in Portugal and also in the UEFA competition as they are responsible for we not having Cristiano Ronaldo in the current UCL stage.
The Dragons announced of their threat when they knocked The Old Ladies off the race with a brilliant performance on both legs of their clash with the Italian champions.
Sérgio Conceição in his press conference went on to share that the glory and achievements of his side in the past years will serve as better inspiration ahead of their decisive clash tomorrow.
The 46-year-old went on to acknowledge the fact that Chelsea is a difficult side but reminded the Blues that FC Porto have come this far to overcome opponents.
“There are many moments, both at this time and in the years that we have been here, that can be an example of overcoming and of the belief that comes from the work we do here,” The Portuguese said. “We are confident, it is a difficult opponent, a difficult obstacle, but we are here to overcome ”.
It could come as a good news of boost for Sérgio Conceição as there are now greater chances of having his key man, Sérgio Oliveira in action tomorrow.
Oliveira missed the first leg of the game due to a muscle injury and could be set for action tomorrow but Conceição although stated he may not risk the central midfielder.
The manager is as well in some way concerned very much about their other ties and is careful on how he handles the Chelsea game tomorrow so as not to have flood of injuries in games to come.
“We’ll see until tomorrow,” he added. “In the last game, I thought he wasn’t ready to play for 90 minutes, he had a muscle problem and it’s always dangerous.
He continues, “We are fighting for the passage to the Champions semi-finals, but we have the championship to play, we have very demanding games ahead. You have to consider the situation well between the players who are 100% or not and see the best team to face Chelsea “.
The Blue and White manager knows one thing for sure and that is going all hard in quest of a revenge against Chelsea only opens them up for conceding more goals and that he is being conscious of.
Speaking on the approach and expectation for tomorrow’s game, he said; “We know that going too thirsty for the pot can be harmful , it is necessary to score goals, but we cannot suffer, and this has to do with the strategy for the game.
“It is not with many strikers that you attack better or with more defenses that you defend better. We have to score goals, being balanced in what are the different moments of the game, but to reopen the tie with a goal, you can’t make two at the same time.
“We have to try to control anxiety, because anxiety can be harmful, because we start to think more about the end result and less about what we have to do to get there ”.
In response to the how the determination of the team may look like tomorrow, Sérgio Conceição added.
“It is not only because we play with Chelsea that we have to give everything on the pitch, this is part of the 90 minutes to Porto.
“We have to believe, be resilient, all difficulties can be overcome with a very strong mentality, it was because of these very great difficulties that we went through that we managed to win titles, otherwise we could not, because the other teams are very strong financially and at the level of squad, sometimes a player costs more than all the players who came to FC Porto, but neither budgets nor statistics win games, and I speak against me, because we scored statistically in the first leg and lost ”.
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