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Can Roberto Di Matteo's men realistically win the competition? And will the 4-1 victory over Napoli in the last 16 inspire them on the road to glory in the Allianz Arena on May 19?


Just over three weeks ago, everything seemed so gloomy at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had just lost their seventh game of a tumultuous Premier League season and were trailing 3-1 to Napoli at the halfway point of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Yet, with British Summer Time now upon us, we now find Andre Villas-Boas out of the door, Roberto Di Matteo promoted and Chelsea into the quarter-finals of the European competition after a stunning 5-4 aggregate win over their Italian counterparts.

Chelsea are 10/1 with Sportingbet to lift the Champions League trophy in May.

But hold on - the rollercoaster hasn’t stopped there. Just 10 days on and, following a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City and a deeply uninspiring stalemate against Tottenham, Chelsea are staring at the very real possibility of not qualifying for next season’s Champions League ... unless, of course, they win it this year.

Well, why not? If Djimi Traore can get a winner’s medal, why can’t Paulo Ferreira?

First things first, though, they must beat Benfica in the quarter-finals. This is a team who comfortably dealt with Manchester United earlier in the competition, topping Group C while Sir Alex Ferguson’s men dropped into the Europa League.

OK, so let’s say Chelsea brush Jorge Jesus’ men aside. Who lies in the semis? AC Milan or Barcelona, that’s who.

Ah, no worries, easy pickings! And a potential final would be against? Almost definitely Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

Hmmm, this won’t be a walk in the park after all.

But what do you, the readers, think? Can Chelsea realistically win the Champions League this season? Can the 4-1 victory over Napoli in the previous round inspire them to glory in the Allianz Arena on May 19?


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