Chelsea thought they had appointed a coach for the next decade when bringing former player and club legend Frank Lampard in to take over the hot seat, but his reign ended this season quite abruptly.
The Blues went all out to secure what is essentially the opposite of Lampard, a hugely experienced European coach, with Thomas Tuchel coming on board. The former PSG man has impressed greatly since becoming the new Chelsea manager, and where he could help the club most of all is in the Champions League.
In his first Champions League game at the club, he guided Chelsea to a huge 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid, putting the London club in command of the tie, and as favourites to progress to the next round of the competition.
Win in Bucharest Gives Chelsea the Upper Hand
The first game was played on a neutral venue, due to travel restrictions currently in place. That gave Chelsea a slight advantage, travelling to play in Bucharest, Romania, rather than in Spain. It was an impressive performance from them too, showing the solid defensive footing we have seen from Tuchel since he took over, and finding an all-important away goal from Olivier Giroud.
As for the second leg of the game, which will be played at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are favourites to win on the night, priced up at around 11/10. The Spanish side know they must score to begin with and may need a couple of Chelsea can find the net, they are 5/2 to win the game while the draw can be backed at around 9/4.
Being an English club, Chelsea will always attract support with the bookmakers who serve the UK and given how well they played in the first leg, it is no surprise to see them favourites here. Those betting on Chelsea here and domestically at home can use Premier League betting offers as a way of gaining more value on their wagers.
Can Chelsea Win the Champions League?
This will certainly be the aim for the club, although it is fair to say they are considered as outsiders, with a few others in front of them in the pecking order. Since Tuchel has arrived at the club we have seen them perform much better, the Premier League top four will be number one priority, which puts them in this competition again next season.
But don’t discount them from doing more, either at home in a competition such as the FA Cup, or here in the Champions League. If they can get past Atletico Madrid, which they are fancied to do, then just eight teams will remain and three ties will stand between Chelsea and lifting the trophy.
The move to sack Lampard and bring Thomas Tuchel to the club was spoken about a lot in the media and latest football news, but so far it appears to be paying dividends.
Ultimately, success is needed after a period of steadying the ship and based on what we have seen from the Tuchel impact so far, you certainly wouldn’t bet against the German from delivering.