Date: 8 April 2021
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
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In the Champions League this week, Porto will play Chelsea at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday in what is a first-leg quarterfinal clash in the 2020-21 season. While Porto come into this game on the back of a 2-1 win over Daniel Ramos’ Santa Clara in the Primeira Liga, Chelsea lost 5-2 to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday in the English Premier League. However, with a chance of a bigger glory, both teams would look to start with a fresh perspective to put the recent performances out of equation and play their best brand of football for a win.
Porto will miss the services of goalkeeper Mouhamed Mbaye for this game. While Iran international Mehdi Taremi and Portuguese midfielder Sergio Oliveira won’t be available for selection owing to suspension. Availability of Spanish defender Ivan Marcano also remains doubtful.
For the Blues, manager Thomas Tuchel will be without the services of French midfielder N’Golo Kante. Meanwhile the availability of winger Christian Pulisic and striker Tammy Abraham also remains doubtful.
Porto got the better of Juventus in the Round of 16 but will be missing some key players in this game which might work against them. Meanwhile, although Chelsea were stunned by West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, they will be keen to get back on the winning track and given the kind of players they have, there is little doubt that they will begin the game as favourites.
Probable Playing XI
Agustin Marchesin, Wilson Manafa, Chancel Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu Sanusi, Jesus Corona, Marko Grujic, Mateus Uribe, Otavio, Moussa Marega, Toni Martinez
Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Agustin Marchesin
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Pepe, Reece James, Wilson Manafa
Midfielders: Mason Mount, Jorginho, Jesus Corona, Mateus Uribe
Forwards: Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Moussa Marega, Toni Martinez
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