Chelsea are on the cusp of ending their seven-year wait for a UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance and lead Porto 2-1 ahead of the second leg. Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored their first goals in the competition as the Blues sailed to an ‘away’ victory at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan:
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Porto need a second-leg win in Seville to have any chance of progressing past Chelsea. The action starts on Galavision at 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Chelsea vs. Porto
When: Tuesday, April 13
Where: Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Tuesday’s rematch will also take place in Seville, Spain, after the venue was altered due to potential travel restrictions between the United Kingdom and Portugal. Ten-man Chelsea lost 5-2 to West Bromwich Albion just prior to last week’s first leg—Thomas Tuchel’s first defeat at the club—but his side have since responded with back-to-back wins.
United States international Christian Pulisic bagged two to inspire Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace, but Tuchel spoke glowingly of German countryman Kai Havertz, who opened the scoring at Selhurst Park:
The west Londoners remain fifth in the Premier League and uncertain to qualify for the Champions League domestically, applying more pressure to complete the job in their current European quest. Porto have also bounced back well from recent disappointment. Tony Martinez and Mehdi Taremi applied the finishing touches during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Tondela, keeping the club second in the Primeira Liga and six points behind leaders Sporting CP:
Sergio Conceição has led a defiant front from the ‘visitors’ camp in the fallout of Porto’s first-leg loss. The Dragons coach told reporters on Monday that his side are “here to respond,” hoping to summon the same will that allowed them to knock Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus out of the last 16:
“We have to believe, be resilient and understand the difficulties we have ahead of us can be overcome. We always try to go in with that state of mind, ever since I have been here, that is what I feel.”
Conceição has failed to win in seven previous meetings against English clubs as a manager (3L 1 D vs. Liverpool, 1L 1D vs. Manchester City). Porto must win and score twice in the second leg to at least force extra time, as was required to eventually get the better of Juve.
Sergio Oliveira’s muscular injury is a concern for Porto if the Portugal international fails to recover in time, having scored in four of their five games prior to the first meeting between these teams. Goalkeepers Diogo Costa (COVID-19) and Mouhamed Mbaye (injured) will sit out the clash in Seville, putting some pressure on No. 1 Agustin Marchesin to see out the full fixture.
Tuchel’s main fitness doubts are Tammy Abraham and Andreas Christensen, though both options might have failed to earn starting spots even if fit. Porto won the Champions League in 2004 but have since slipped out of the running each of the three times they’ve reached the quarter-finals. A second-leg overhaul of Tuchel’s tough-to-beat Chelsea looks a mountainous task on paper, with Conceição hopeful his team have the tools to successfully overcome the odds.