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Chelsea to Fight to Remain in UEFA Champions League

On December 6th Chelsea will be facing Valencia in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League in what will be one of the most crucial matches of their season.

Chelsea are facing exit from the UEFA Champions League if they cannot secure a victory against Valencia next week.

Chelsea will need to bring together every bit of discipline and talent they have to win this match; a loss will mean their exit from the tournament. Chelsea is obviously keen to reach the final sixteen but the worst result they can afford is a no-score draw.

This situations has arisen since Chelsea lost 2 -1 to Bayern Leverkusen early on this week. They have now lost four out of the last seven games and will have to significantly raise their game if they hope to go any further.

Andre Vilas-Boas, Chelsea’s manager, said about the loss this week that, “It was a game which was heading for a 1-1, big chances for both teams, but I think we had a good share of chances in the first half and the second half.”
He said that neither side played good football but that is not “what matters.” For Vilas-Boas the crucial point is that Leverkusen took the three points and changed the nature of the group leaving Chelsea hanging by a thread.

With such a huge amount of pressure on Chelsea they will either collapse or come out fighting in the match against Valencia. However, Valencia is no easy opponent, last week they thrashed Genk 7 – 0 at Stamford Bridge.

It seems that Barcelona is the favourite to win the UEFA Champions League, William Hill are offering odds of 13/8 for their overall victory, they are followed by Real Madrid at 3/1, Bayern Munich at 13/2 and Manchester United at 12/1.

However, if you fancy Chelsea’s chances then you can get odds of 16/1 at William Hill, if they manage to fight back and win then you win some serious cash.

OCA News Editor

Christian Bright is a professional sports commentator with keen interests in football, tennis and horse racing. His experience in the reporting on professional sports makes him a key asset to OCA’s coverage of athletic events and matches.