The 2015-16 campaign hasn’t exactly gone to plan for Chelsea Football Club. In fact, it couldn’t have gone much worse. Roman Abramovich was left with no option but to sack Jose Mourinho after the Blues slipped down the table and into a relegation fight – which is insane considering how comfortably they cruised to the Premier League title last season.
Under Mourinho, Chelsea struggled throughout the opening half of the campaign but seem to have regained their form under interim boss Guus Hiddink. We take a look at Chelsea’s chances of winning the Champions League and give our thoughts on what to expect at Stamford Bridge throughout the remainder of the campaign.
Unfortunately for the Blues, the last-16 draw wasn’t kind to them at all and Chelsea must now face Paris Saint-Germain for a place in the quarter-finals. In fact, this is now the third consecutive season that the English club will face the Ligue 1 side. Last season, Laurent Blanc’s men scraped through to the quarter finals on away goals after a resilient 10-man display at Stamford Bridge.
Despite their recent resurgence, many will be keen to avoid the Blues after their recent performances but some will fancy Hiddink’s men to get their revenge for last season’s defeat. With the first leg in Paris, it’s vital for Chelsea to keep things tight defensively but an away goal would be even better.
If they can get past PSG, there’s absolutely no reason why the Blues cannot go all the way this season. Football is a funny old game and it’s almost impossible to predict who will come out on top on a regular basis. Because of Chelsea’s inconsistent form this season, they are priced favourably in Coral’s football odds betting markets. In one of the craziest Premier League seasons of all-time, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the domestic strugglers go all the way in Europe.
So, can Chelsea win the competition? Well, they can… but it will be difficult. The likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona will be incredibly tough to beat, especially over two legs. However, with a bit of luck in the draw and on the injury front, Chelsea will believe they can do it and if anyone can take them all the way, it’s Guus Hiddink.