Porto hope to prove they haven’t passed their peak when they host Chelsea in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final showdown on Wednesday. Sergio Conceição’s men pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament thus far by ousting Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus from the round of 16, but an even greater challenge blocks their path in the last eight.
Home advantage has been removed from this matchup after UEFA confirmed both legs will take place at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville due to potential travel restrictions.
What TV Channel is Porto-Chelsea on?
Thomas Tuchel will target a swift return to winning ways after his first loss as Chelsea coach, with the their clash against Porto airing via Galavision from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Porto vs. Chelsea
When: Wednesday, April 7
Where: Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Neutral territory served the Blues well in the last round when they beat Atletico Madrid in Bucharest, Romania, though southern Spain could suit Iberian neighbors Porto a little more.
Chelsea have enjoyed flying form since Thomas Tuchel took over as Frank Lampard’s replacement in January. That being said, the timing looks right for Porto after the German coach suffered his first loss at their helm on Saturday, a 5-2 humbling against West Bromwich Albion after Thiago Silva was sent off after half an hour:
And so ended Tuchel’s 14-match unbeaten start at Stamford Bridge, the longest run amassed by any new coach at Chelsea. Christian Pulisic opened the scoring against West Brom but was later withdrawn due to more concern over his hamstring, with ‘Captain America’ nor N’Golo Kante likely to feature in Seville due to injury.
Silva looked rusty upon his return from injury, but fellow defender Antonio Rudiger is another concern after his Sunday training session ended early. Tuchel instructed his compatriot to head in early following a clash with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Telegraph’s Matt Law reported their fallout originated on the bench during defeat to West Brom:
While the west Londoners couldn’t shake that home upset, Porto just about evaded one of their own on Saturday. Santa Clara looked set to steal a point from the Estadio do Dragão before Toni Martinez headed in a 95th-minute winner, securing a third straight league win for the Dragons:
Conceição’s side remain second in the Primeira Liga but are seven points off leaders Sporting CP. Following semi-final exits in both the Taca de Portugal and Taca da Liga, the Champions League may be their best chance at taking a piece of silverware this campaign.
Striker Mehdi Taremi is a substantial loss for the first-leg hosts following his sending off in their last meeting with Juve. Mouhamed Mbaye and Ivan Marcano remain injured and won’t feature, while Chelsea loanee Malang Sarr cannot face his parent club.
These teams have previously met on eight occasions, though only one of Chelsea’s five wins came away from Stamford Bridge. The only time they clashed outside the Champions League group stage was during the 2006-07 round of 16, when Chelsea emerged 3-2 victors on aggregate before exiting the semi-finals against Liverpool.
Porto will appear in the Champions League quarter-finals for the second time in three seasons, a far superior recent record to Chelsea, who are back in the last eight after a seven-year absence. It was against another English outfit and the eventual 2019 champions, Liverpool, that Porto’s European run reached its end on that occasion, but the odds are perhaps slightly more in their favor this time around.