Former Chelsea striker explains why Chelsea can’t be successful in the Champions League

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Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino doesn’t think the Blues will be successful in the Champions League this season because Chelsea are a naive team defensively.

Chelsea played out a 2-2 draw with Valencia on Wednesday night at the Mestalla but the Blues could easily have lost the game as Valencia missed several sitters.

“I get why Chelsea fans are excited about the team’s attacking flair, they always look like getting goals,” Cascarino said on talkSPORT.

“But I cannot see them winning the Champions League if they defend the way they did last night.

“This has been a problem since frank has taken over. He’s got a very young and naive team defensively. He’s had Zouma and Tomori playing at centre-half, with Christensen and Reece James at full-back. James, in the 94th minute, is literally on the 18-yard box, Chelsea have been countered and they nearly lost the game!

“I think they will be punished if they defend in that manner where they are playing so aggressively.

“Look, Kepa saved a penalty, conceded twice and Valencia still missed four sitters. Chelsea cannot win the Champions League if they think they’re just going to outscore everybody.

“Can they win games? Yeah, they can beat anyone on their day, but I can’t see them putting in a really mundane and professional defensive performance, like the one that won Liverpool the final last season against Tottenham.

“I think there’s a lot more to come from this Chelsea team, but I think it might be too early for them.”

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