Chelsea suffer Champions League setback as UEFA eliminates home advantage against Porto

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Chelsea were due to travel to Portugal for first leg of our quarter-final clash against FC Porto on April 7 before hosting the return leg at Stamford Bridge on April 13.

However, UEFA have now eliminated home advantage for both teams.

Both legs of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto will now be played in Spain next month, UEFA have confirmed.

UEFA released a statement confirming the change of venue, which reads: “UEFA is able to officially confirm that the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first and second leg matches involving FC Porto and Chelsea FC, will now both be played at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Seville.

“The dates of the matches (7 April and 13 April 2021) and the kick-off times (21:00CET) will remain the same.

“UEFA would like to thank FC Porto and Chelsea FC for their support and close cooperation, as well as the Portuguese Football Federation, The Football Association, the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Sevilla FC for their assistance and agreeing to stage the matches.”

Portugal was on the UK’s red list of countries – which all carry a 10-day quarantine period in a government-approved hotel for those travelling from them – until March 19.

But despite the country being taken off nearly a fortnight ago, a blanket ban on flights to and from the UK means Porto are unable to host the first leg at their Estadio do Dragao.

It also means that Chelsea will lose home advantage for the second leg, with the Portuguese side banned from flying to London.

Chelsea impressed in the first knockout stage against Atletico, winning 3-0 on aggregate thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri.

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