Porto manager Sergio Conceicao has described the quality of Chelsea players as “a real challenge” to his team ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash in Seville, particularly three attackers.
So far this season, we have to see the full potential of the attacking talents Thomas Tuchel has at his disposal.
But there is no denying that he has all the ingredients he would need to make it work.
Porto boss Conceicao, whose team will have to deal with these high-profile Chelsea attackers, is clearly aware of the threats they could pose on the pitch tomorrow.
“They have a number of strengths that are extremely challenging [for us] to try to nullify,” he said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday (via Porto’s official website).
“You know [Timo] Werner is a player who constantly attacks from deep and you have two players [behind him], [Hakim] Ziyech and [Kai] Havertz, who play very well as inside forwards.
“On the outside, they have Marcos Alonso and Reece James, who are very good from back to front.
“They have a lot of strengths that are a real challenge and a motivation for the preparation of the game.”
Obviously, the three Chelsea attackers had already proved themselves in the European competitions at their respective former club.
Interestingly enough, Chelsea’s top scorer in the Champions League so far has been Olivier Giroud with six goals, and he was not even mentioned.
On the contrary, the Blues defenders will be glad that they will not have to face Porto’s two leading goalscorers Sergio Oliveira and Mehdi Taremi.
The pair scored a goal apiece in their last 16 second-leg match against Juventus to knock out the Serie A giants but are out of tomorrow’s game due to suspension.