"I think that Chelsea have a chance to recreate the glory of 2012," wrote former midfielder Jamie Redknapp in his Daily column regarding the chances of the West London club claiming a second Champions League title.
Chelsea secured their passage into the quarterfinal stage with a Round of 16 win over Olympiacos and, after the draw for the final eight was made in Nyon, Switzerland earlier today, Friday, manager Jose Mourinho will know ready his team for two legs against Ligue 1 runaway leaders Paris Saint Germain, who have lost just once in the French division thus far this season.
Commenting prior to the announcement Chelsea will duel with PSG, Redknapp said: "They rode their luck [in 2012] but the memories are still fresh and under Jose Mourinho they look fitter and stronger. He knows how to win big matches and nobody will fancy testing themselves against him.
"I think Chelsea could win it this season… I really do."
Like Mourinho had done two months ago when he deflected the Premier League favourites tag away from Stamford Bridge and onto Manchester City, the Portuguese has once again billed his side as the underdog in Europe, however, Redknapp believes there are traits evident in the Blue roster that point to a glorious end to their season.
"Under Jose Mourinho they are aggressive, they press the ball and Jose loves being an underdog. They are defensively sound and with a good draw they could do it.
"You look at what they did in 2012 and you still can’t quite believe it - they are in [even] better physical condition [now]."
There is one glaring weakness at Chelsea, though, as Redknapp issues a concluding caveat: "The only thing that will hold them back is the lack of a top-class goalscorer."
In Fernando Torres, though, Mourinho has a striker who has scored three from five appearances in Europe this term - an attacking efficiency of a goal scored every 72 minutes he is on the field, on average.