'Step up': Some Chelsea fans send instructions to 22-year-old ace before CL tie with Porto

Chelsea supporters were looking forward to the Champions League clash against Porto if only to see Malang Sarr in action.

Sarr has been away from Stamford Bridge on loan with the Portuguese champions since October.

He was signed from Nice during Frank Lampard’s reign last summer on a five-year deal but is yet to appear for his parent club.

With Porto and Chelsea now drawn together in Europe, Sarr will be reunited with the employers that let him leave so soon after arriving.

Here’s how Blues fans reacted to a possible reunion with the young centre-back.

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The Blues will hope their loanee won’t perform the same kind of heroics he managed in the previous round.

Porto knocked out Juventus 3-2 on aggregate, with Sarr coming off the bench to help his colleagues quash Cristiano Ronaldo.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea should offer an altogether different threat than Andrea Pirlo’s curiously inconsistent Juve.

They cruised past Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, stretching their unbeaten run to 13 games under the German coach.

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If Sarr does feature, he could potentially inflict serious damage on the side he might be re-joining next season.

His situation is pretty sticky.

Putting on a good performance for Porto may mean knocking Chelsea out, but also demonstrating he could cut it with the Blues.

Putting on a bad performance may mean exiting the competition and offsetting any idea’s he might have of returning to London.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.