Blues to tame Danes?
Barring an unexpected collapse on Wednesday, Chelsea should ease past FC Copenhagen and into the Champions League quarterfinals so the burning question is - can Fernando Torres finally break his goal-scoring duck? How the teams stack up | Match boxsports Updated: Mar 16, 2011 01:09 IST
Barring an unexpected collapse on Wednesday, Chelsea should ease past FC Copenhagen and into the Champions League quarterfinals so the burning question is - can Fernando Torres finally break his goal-scoring duck?
The Spain striker has failed to find the net in five appearances since his 50 million pounds ($80.87 million) move from Liverpool and was overshadowed by Nicolas Anelka who scored twice when Chelsea won the first leg 2-0 in the Danish capital.
Torres has struggled to reproduce the sort of form that prompted Chelsea to pay a British record fee for him.
"I'm quite sure the goals will come in due course because I always knew there would be a settling in period," he said.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti looks set to keep faith with Frenchman Anelka on Wednesday with Torres again likely to keep Didier Drogba sitting on the bench.
"This club came within one missed penalty of winning the Champions League (in the 2008 final shootout against Manchester United) and you can feel it's something which slipped through their hands," Ancelotti said.
"Just like everybody at Chelsea I'd give anything for this to be another double season - that's the dream," added Torres referring to the team's Premier League and FA Cup triumphs last year.Copenhagen will have to improve dramatically on their first leg showing if they are to cause Chelsea any alarm. The opening leg was their first match after the winter break and they looked off the pace.
Mourinho hunting for Spanish success
Madrid: Jose Mourinho has enjoyed a love affair with the Champions League and the Portuguese coach hopes he can be the man to end Real Madrid's Champions League last 16 curse as Real host Lyon at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday for the second leg of the knockout tie.
Nine-time European champions Real have crashed out of the competition at the last 16 stage for six successive seasons and Mourinho, who has won the competition with Porto and Inter Milan, has been brought in to make sure this doesn't happen again and help deliver a 10th European crown.
"My team are not afraid of recent history; statistics exist so that we can go out and contradict them," said Mourinho whose side lie second in La Liga.Lyon eliminated Real 2-1 on aggregate at this stage last season so Madrid will be out for revenge and have the upper hand after a 1-1 first leg draw.
Real are unbeaten in this season's Champions League and have won all of their 15 home matches in the league and Europe, which makes ominous reading for Lyon.
The Spanish giants, five points behind Barcelona in the league, are also expected to welcome back top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo who has missed the last two league matches with a thigh injury.