Graeme Souness has picked out one weak link in Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team as he made his predictions for the Champions League quarter-finals.
Chelsea will look to bounce back from Saturday’s shock defeat to West Brom in their first-leg tie against Porto on Wednesday.
Considering the quality they have at their disposal, they should still be the favourites to win in Seville.
Souness believes so. And if his predictions turn out to be true, Chelsea will face Liverpool in the semifinals.
“As it stands, I see all three English clubs in the semi-finals, which would mean at least one finalist,” he told The Times.
“Chelsea have had their tails up since Thomas Tuchel took charge and I expect them to continue that against Porto.”
However, the former Scotland international believes Chelsea are still missing one key ingredient that might hinder their progress in the Champions League.
“They’re defending well and dominating possession,” he added.
“My only doubt is that they’re still missing a 25-goals-a-season striker, which is why they will be another club seriously interested in Haaland.
“Timo Werner’s getting lots of gilt-edged chances, but has not turned the corner to being someone who puts them away — and at the highest level you have to do that.”
It is quite puzzling how after investing so much on attackers last summer, Chelsea are not even among the top five teams in terms of goals in the Premier League and Champions League.
They have been able to get away with it, thanks to their impressive defensive record under Tuchel, but as Souness pointed out, they will eventually need a reliable goalscorer to challenge for titles.
The fact that Jorginho who has had six penalty goals is one of their joint leading goalscorers in the Premier League pretty much illustrates the problem.