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Champions League LIVE! Porto vs Chelsea and Bayern vs PSG updates

The quarter-final action continues in Europe’s elite club competition tonight as Chelsea look to bounce back from their first defeat of the Thomas Tuchel era.

The Blues are in the neutral city of Seville for the ‘away’ leg of their last-eight tie against FC Porto, hoping to recover swiftly from the shock 5-2 Premier League thrashing by struggling West Brom at Stamford Bridge.

That sobering result was followed by a bust-up between team-mates Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga, which Tuchel admits was “serious” but quickly resolved.

Over in Germany tonight there is also the small matter of a repeat of last season’s Champions League final as Bayern Munich host Paris Saint-Germain.

Kingsley Coman scored the only goal of the game in August’s showpiece in Lisbon, though the Bundesliga leaders have been weakened by the absence of Robert Lewandowski, who is nursing a knee injury.

You can follow all of Wednesday’s action LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below…

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Bayern vs PSG team news

The headline team news from the Allianz obviously concerns Robert Lewandowski, who will miss both legs against PSG with a knee injury sustained on international duty with Poland.

Serge Gnabry is also out after testing positive for Covid-19, while Marc Roca picked up an injury in training over the weekend.

Bayern will be relying on the likes of last season’s final hero Coman, Leroy Sane, Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich to step up this evening without feared marksman Lewandowski and former Arsenal man Gnabry.

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Porto vs Chelsea team news

Meanwhile, Porto are missing Sergio Oliveira, whose 115th-minute effort saw Sergio Conceicao’s side sensationally dump out Juventus on away goals in the last 16.

He is suspended alongside Iranian forward Mehdi Taremi – two key absentees and Porto’s top goalscorers.

Senegalese goalkeeper Mouhamed Mbaye is also sidelined, while experienced centre-back Ivan Marcano is doubtful.

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Porto vs Chelsea team news

Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and N’Golo Kante have all been deemed fit enough to travel with Chelsea to Spain.

“They are fit enough to be in the squad and will be in the squad all three, that’s good news,” Tuchel said yesterday.

“N’Golo just did his last test and will be on the bench. He feels very comfortable, comfortable enough to be on the bench.”

Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud is expected to start for Chelsea on the ground where he netted four times against Sevilla during the group stage.

The Frenchman also notched that wonderful overhead goal against Atletico Madrid in the round of 16, of course.

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How to watch tonight

Porto vs Chelsea is live on BT Sport 2 from 7pm, while Bayern vs PSG coverage begins 15 minutes later over on BT Sport 3.

BT Sport subscribers can also watch both matches online via the BT Sport website or app.

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Date, kick-off time and venues

Both of tonight’s quarter-final matches kick-off at 8pm BST, as usual.

But while Bayern are able to host PSG at home at the Allianz Arena as normal, both Porto vs Chelsea matches have been moved to the neutral location of Seville’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

That is due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

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Welcome back!

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of another busy evening of Champions League quarter-final action!

Chelsea will look to recover from their first defeat of the Thomas Tuchel era – a 5-2 home shellacking by relegation-threatened West Brom – tonight when they travel to the neutral location of Seville to face Portuguese giants FC Porto, who stunned Juventus in the last round.

Over in Bavaria, meanwhile, it’s a repeat of last year’s final as Bayern Munich take on Paris Saint-Germain at the Allianz Arena.

Stay tuned for all the latest team news, build-up and live updates!

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Dortmund confident despite deficit

Borussia Dortmund are confident of their chances in the return leg despite a late loss to Manchester City.

“Had we returned home with a 1-1 then everyone would have be satisfied,” Reus said. “Now the feeling is not that good for us although we did a lot of things right.

“Obviously this was a clear step forward for us. The chances to qualify are all there. We have to do it well in the return leg. It will be a huge challenge and a test at the highest level.”

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Chelsea talking point: No Kante from the off

Tuchel revealed linchpin N’Golo Kante is fit after hamstring trouble, but only to the point of making the replacements bench for Wednesday.

The France World Cup winner has been in vintage form for the Blues lately, so Tuchel’s men must cope in his absence from the off.

That means Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho most likely pairing up at the base of midfielder once more. And the experienced duo will be desperate to improve upon their off-colour showing in Saturday’s West Brom humbling.

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Chelsea talking point: A neutral venue for both legs

Seville will play host to both legs in this tie, with travel restrictions denying Chelsea the chance to host the return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Top teams have long since adapted to the absence of fans, but a neutral venue for both legs, while bringing equity, could yet play some part in determining the result.

One man who will be happy about heading back to Seville will be Olivier Giroud. The Chelsea striker hit all four goals in the Blues’ 4-0 win over Sevilla in December.

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Chelsea talking point: Porto desperate to hype up the underdogs tag

Porto dumped Italian giants Juventus out of the competition in the last 16 to book this last-eight encounter with Chelsea. So the Portuguese men are no mugs or minnows, whatever they would have people believe.

Both Porto manager Sergio Conceicao and veteran defender Pepe spent the pre-match press conferences talking up the disparity in squad investment.

Granted Porto’s squad is tied together on a shoestring in comparison to Chelsea’s mega-money superstars – but Porto themselves also insist price tags mean nothing once the match kicks off.


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