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Chelsea and Borussia will determine between them the first participant in the quarterfinal phase of the Champions League KXan 36 Daily News

Date: March 21, 2023 Time: 16:19:20

It would seem: what is the deficit of one ball for the recent winners of the main tournament of the European Cup? But the state of things is such that Chelsea will have to perform a small feat to go to the next phase of the Champions League. After all, they will be opposed by one of the brightest and most spectacular teams this season.

“Borussia” literally sweeps away everyone in its path. Edin Terzic’s men have won all ten matches since the start of the calendar year and continue to challenge for the title in both the Bundesliga and the European arena. And if a few months ago few people perceived the “bumblebees” as real contenders for trophies, now many experts believe that Dortmund is even stronger than Bayern itself.

Dortmund’s team is in great shape, winning 10 games in a row in 2023

To be fair, in the home game against Chelsea, Terzic’s team was lucky. If the English had taken advantage of at least half of the chances they had created, especially in the first half, the outcome of the match could have been different. However, Borussia won with a minimal score and go to Foggy Albion as the favorites of this pair.

– I’m not hiding: we were a bit lucky on our pitch, and we also had an exceptional goalkeeper. The rival dominated the last third of the field, it was difficult for us to find the exit. However, I don’t see the need to make excuses after 1:0. We have taken a step forward, but in London, the guys should only think about winning, – said Borussia’s head coach Edin Terzic.

Unlike Dortmund, Chelsea is in a fever. With over €600m in new signings, the Blues are experiencing one of the worst seasons in recent years, having been knocked out of the FA Cup, sitting 10th in the domestic league and effectively outside the top four. . The Champions League is the only tournament in which “pensioners” can still count on the trophy.

Helmsman “Chelsea” Graham Potter is not to be envied. The specialist, whose appointment surprised almost all experts and fans, admits that he is going through difficult times. In view of the unsuccessful results, fans of the London team almost daily demand Potter’s resignation from the leadership of the club. The Englishman himself is ready for any development of the situation, but so far he is confident. At the same time, in case of departure from Borussia, everything is possible.

– My family suffers, it is very hard for me. However, no one cares about the coach’s status, that’s the way it is. I recently said that this is the most difficult job of my life. Nothing has changed. I fully understand that at any moment everything can end. But now I’m focused on the next game. We will do everything we can to please our fans,” Potter said.

According to the bookmakers, Borussia still has a better chance of reaching the 1/4 final. Experts accept bets on the passage of the German club with the calculation from 1 to 1.61, and on the Londoners – from 1 to 2.38. A draw in regulation time is valued at 3.7.

Unlike the Chelsea – Borussia duo, in the confrontation between Benfica and Brugge, surprises should hardly be expected. The Portuguese championship leader is as close as possible to participating in the Champions League quarterfinals after a resounding 2:0 victory in Belgium. By the way, one of the goals in that match was scored by former Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder João Mario.

Premier league

The first matches of the calendar year in the Russian Premier League (RPL) took place over the weekend. The main result of the 18th round: the championship leader “Zenith” increased the gap from the closest pursuer “Spartacus” to eight points. The St. Petersburg club took advantage of the misfire of the Muscovites, who played a draw with the “Ural” (2:2), defeating “Pari NN” at home – 3:0. Of the other events, it is worth noting the return to our championship of two iconic personalities at once: the former captain of the national team Artemy Dziuba, as well as one of the most titled and famous coaches in the history of the RPL, Kurban Berdiev. Dzyuba in his debut match for Lokomotiv in the championship scored a hat-trick against Rostov (3:1), and Berdyev from Sochi defeated CSKA at home with a score of 2:0. “I saw the team that won silver medals last season, which has character, is uncompromising and fights for every ball. It was very important for us to return these qualities. Playing with CSKA, the guys showed that they have a serious level of character,” Berdyev stressed.

where we will look

March 7, Tuesday, “Match TV”

22.45. Chelsea (England) – Borussia (Dortmund, Germany). Live broadcast.

“Match! Soccer 1”

22.45. Benfica (Portugal) – Bruges (Belgium). Live broadcast.

Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.

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