Champions League: Tuchel happy to avoid English teams in quarter-final

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted he is happy to avoid English clubs in the Champions League quarter-final.

However, he has warned his players not consider themselves favourites to beat FC Porto, who they have been drawn against.

Porto caused knocked out Italian giants Juventus and Tuchel has warned they must not suffer the same fate.

Tuchel told the club’s official website: “Clearly, people might make us the favourites against Porto but that won’t help us because you can ask them in Turin for their opinion and whether it helps or not.

“But we are self confident, we can be confident because we are strongly connected with our performances and feel a strong opponent but now we are in a quarter final and the only thing we focus on is to reach a semi final.

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“First of all I’m happy that we play an international game and not against an English team, because the Champions League is about that, I always prefer to play against teams from other counties.

“Then we have the second leg at home which feels good, maybe that’s the slight advantage to finish at home.

“We are self confident, and that is strongly connected with our performances. And we are confident that we face a strong opponent, that face with all the respect, but now we are in the quarter final and we think about how to win it.

“Our only focus is how to reach the semi final, and we are self confident enough that we see our chances.”

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