Chelsea warned winning Champions League this season is ‘almost impossible’ by Frank Leboeuf
Chelsea are warned that winning the Champions League again this season is ‘almost impossible’ by their former defender Frank Leboeuf… with last year’s success hailed as ‘some kind of miracle’
- Chelsea beat Manchester City last season to win the Champions League trophy
- But they have been warned by a former player that a repeat is unlikely this time
- Frank Leboeuf claims second triumph in a row is even ‘almost impossible’
- After losing Juventus, Chelsea will soon bounce back against Malmo
Chelsea have been warned by their former defender Frank Leboeuf that winning the Champions League again this season is ‘almost impossible’.
Thomas Tuchel and his players won the prestigious trophy earlier this year after beating Manchester City 1-0 in Porto thanks to Kai Havertz’s strike.
So far they are flying in the Premier League and seem on track to qualify through the group stage in Europe this time, but Leboeuf remains grounded.
Chelsea have been told by Frank Leboeuf that keeping the Champions League is ‘unrealistic’
“A failure for a big club like Chelsea, Liverpool or both from Manchester is to gain nothing,” he told Ladbrokes.
“I’m not sure if any of the fans of those four clubs would be happy with just the Carabao Cup.
“The club don’t care and the fans don’t care, what they want is at least the FA Cup, if not the Premier League or Champions League.
Former defender Leboeuf even thinks that the trophy will be ‘almost impossible’ again
Thomas Tuchel and his players beat Manchester City in Porto to win the cup earlier this year
“However, only one team can win every competition and Chelsea were lucky enough to win the Champions League last season, but it was actually a miracle.
“Tuchel came in and changed some things and it worked and nobody expected Chelsea to win.
“At the moment an FA Cup would be nice for Chelsea and the Premier League or the Champions League would be absolutely fantastic.
“The Champions League is the most unrealistic of the three, as only Real Madrid have won it three times in a row.
Chelsea defeated Zenit Saint Petersburg in their first group match after Romelu Lukaku .’s beautiful header
“I would really like Chelsea to only win it twice in a row, but that’s why it’s unrealistic.
“Chelsea won last season and to win it again would be great, but almost impossible if we read the stats.”
The Blues defeated Zenit Saint Petersburg in their first Champions League game this season, but suffered a 1-0 loss to Juventus before the international match.
In the wake of the setback, boss Tuchel complained about his team’s lack of rhythm and lack of freshness.
But then they suffered a setback in Turin after falling back to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Juventus
“Disappointed,” Tuchel said. ‘We are all disappointed. It was the tough game we expected. You have to play in midfield without mistakes and take the risks at the right time. To do this you need to be in the rhythm, good decision making.
“I didn’t feel fresh today, mentally. Yesterday we were at training. Today it was not so. I do not know why. If you need any proof, look at the two losses in the first half and the cheap goal we conceded.
“I felt sluggish, tired, mentally sluggish with our decision making. We had possession, high recoveries but two crucial losses. You can’t have this at this level.’
Then Chelsea face a double-bill against minnows Malmö in Group H and, provided they score two more wins, are expected to cut knockouts.