Fans can watch the Chelsea vs. FC Porto football match live online and see which team gets a leg up in the UEFA Champions League match. The teams will meet Tuesday at Estadio do Dragao for a Group G match starting at 7:45 p.m. local time.
For Chelsea, the match is a chance to forget the worries of their Premier League season. The Blues are mired at the bottom of the league, currently No. 15 overall, but have advanced in the Champions League thanks to a 4-0 rout over Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Porto coach Julen Lopetegui said the poor showing in the Premier League doesn’t mean much and expects his team to have plenty of trouble when they meet on Tuesday.
“They have kicked off by winning 4-0 and that says how they are going to hang on to this competition, which is the most important at a club level,” he told UEFA.com. “That they started their own league better or worse has no impact. They are great team with great potential at every level.”
Lopentgui added that he would never underestimate Jose Mourinho, who led the Portuguese squad to a UEFA Champions League title in 2004.
He said (via UEFA.com), “I have great respect for Mourinho. He has been incredible in his career, very important to Porto because of his great achievements at domestic and European level. We are talking about a Chelsea team that has top players and a top coach. We are a team with a lot of hopes, ambitions and belief, but they will push us to our limits.”
Fans who watch the Chelsea vs. FC Porto football match live online will see if Mourinho can use his experience in the UEFA Champions League to pull a strong performance from his squad. After a string of uneven play, Chelsea is desperate for some positive momentum in its season, and Mourinho is publicly blasting the club for its poor play.
After a 2-2 draw against Newcastle United on Saturday, one that left Chelsea with just eight points in seven Premier League matches, Mourinho ripped the team’s first half performance. He said the level of play was a “minus one out of 10” and said that the team will need to have a much better performance against FC Porto.
The match will also have some interesting sub-drama. As Goal.com noted, Jose Mourinho will be facing his former goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who often came into conflict while playing under Mourinho at Real Madrid.
The match will also be a reunion of sorts for Radamel Falcao, who scored 41 league goals in 51 matches for Chelsea before moving on to Atletico Madrid.
Those who watch the Chelsea vs. FC Porto match live online will see if Chelsea can continue its historic dominance of the Portuguese club. Chelsea has won four of the six matches when the two met in the Champions Leagues and have never been shut out.
Chelsea will be getting a boost in the match, as the suspended Diego Costa will be available to play. He is currently serving a three-game ban, but it does not apply to European matches. Porto may also be without midfielder Yacine Brahimi, who is nursing a right knee injury and could be left out of the game.
Possible lineups (via UEFA.com)
Porto: Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Layún; Rúben Neves, André André, Imbula; Corona, Aboubakar, Brahimi.
Out: André Silva (ankle)
Doubtful: Brahimi (knee)
Chelsea: Begović; Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matić, Fàbregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.
Out: Courtois (knee)
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