Jody Morris: Blues can spring surprise against Real Madrid
Chelsea can invoke spirit of 2012, says Jody Morris
Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris gave Ladbrokes an exclusive interview about the chances of the European champions causing an upset against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu tonight.
Thomas Tuchel’s side trail 3-1 from the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, but the ex-Blues coach believes his former side are not out of the tie.
Morris backs Blues to sting 13-time champions
I was really surprised with how well Real Madrid played against Chelsea last week. I thought they controlled the game really well – obviously the absolutely world-class performance from Karim Benzema took all the headlines, but if you compare that Madrid performance to the ones against Chelsea last season, it really was chalk and cheese.
I thought they were so, so poor against Chelsea last season – in both games. So if you get that Real Madrid, then Chelsea have definitely got a chance of qualifying… especially if they could get an early goal.
I know Madrid are top of the league in Spain and Carlo Ancelotti is doing a great job for them this season, but you can’t rule out the holders of the competition. This Chelsea team and their manager have a habit of pulling out huge performances when it matters most. They outplayed Real Madrid twice not so long ago and if Benzema is slightly off his best, who knows what can happen?
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Granted, it’s going to be very difficult, but at the same time, anything can happen when you’re dealing with two of the best teams in world football and you’ve got so many talented players on display.
You’ve only got to look at when Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012. They got absolutely battered by Napoli in the knockouts and went through, they got battered by Barcelona and went through, and then got battered by Bayern Munich in the final and won on penalties – you can’t rule out Chelsea in the Champions League.
People are perhaps looking at Chelsea and thinking ‘they’re not really performing to the levels that we’re capable of’. But three days after the first game against Madrid, they go and stick six past Southampton away from home. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility to see Chelsea going and winning 2-0 tomorrow and taking the game to extra-time – and from that point, anything can happen.