Former Liverpool midfielder reveals Porto’s plans for Chelsea

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Chelsea were given a kind draw in the Champions League quarter-final, as the Blues would face Porto over two legs over the coming days.

Porto pulled a strong result to knock out Juventus in the round of 16, and former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has said that the Portuguese side will try to beat Chelsea by being pragmatic.

Murphy however believes that Chelsea will scale through to the next round, but the Blues must be wary of the former Champions League winners.

“Against Juventus in the last round, Pepe won plaudits for being a defensive warrior while Sergio Oliveira and Mehdi Taremi have quality going forward,” he told Mail Sport.

“But Porto were stretched at times and slightly fortunate to get through. They will be pragmatic against Chelsea but Thomas Tuchel’s side are normally hard to score against in Europe (although not on Saturday in the Premier League!) and I think have enough matchwinners.

“Mason Mount is in amazing form, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will control the midfield and the stage is set for Hakim Ziyech or Christian Pulisic to produce some magic.

“Porto will try to be clever and hit Chelsea on the break but the Blues have too many threats.”

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