The real test of the Blues’ courage and determination will begin with the start of the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Tuchel’s men took the upper hand over Diego Simeone’s after comfortably sending the leaders of the Spanish league into two sets.
The 3-0 cumulative victory put Chelsea in the final eight stages of the Continental Championship for the first time in seven years. The last time the Blues entered the quarter-finals in the 2013/14 season, they won 3-3 in total against Tuchel’s former side, Paris Saint-Germain.
Going further, Jose Mourinho’s men were ousted by none other than Diego Simeone’s gritty Atletico side. The Spanish giants went on to win 3-1 at Stamford Bridge after playing a stalemate at Vicente Calderon.
The draw for this season’s quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday, March 19 at 11 a.m. GMT.
Now, with no country restrictions or rankings, Chelsea could face one of Europe’s other seven top teams. The full list of possible opponents is below:
Real Madrid (ES)
Paris Saint-Germain (FR)
Manchester City (GB)
Bayern Munich (DE)
Borussia Dortmund (DE)
One of the seven clubs will prove to be a difficult task for Tuchel’s men, who have yet to experience defeat since the German took power.
But Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City could be touted as Chelsea’s toughest potential opponents for the quarter-finals.