Ray Wilkins has appraised his ex club's progress in Europe thus far this season, commenting that this year they can win their second title.
"They can go all the way - there's no two ways about it," predicted Ray Wilkins, a four-time assistant/caretaker manager of Chelsea, after witnessing his former club ease past Paris Saint Germain in the second leg of their quarterfinal match-up at Stamford Bridge earlier this week.
The Blues are now in the final four and will be pitted against one of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Bayern Munich. Each remaining team have a significant strength… Real have a squad rich in quality, Atletico possess a strategist in Diego Simeone and can brag one of Europe's most feared strikers in Diego Costa, whilst the Bundesliga kings are a footballing machine.
Chelsea, though, also have their advantages - namely, their defence, argues Wilkins, who believes a familiarity has been fostered between the defensive unit so every member of the rearguard knows their role, their positioning as well as their team-mates.
"Their defence has solidity and Mourinho has this unbelievable record in the Champions League. He would be the first manager to win it with three clubs [after FC Porto and Internazionale].
"Mourinho selected a side to really get after PSG. He has so much confidence in the back five that he picks them week in, week out. With the consistency of selection, they have a unity and if there is one team that can keep a clean sheet in this tournament it is Chelsea.
"They've done it throughout the Premier League this year - they've conceded fewer goals than anybody else - and they can do it in the Champions League.
"Playing against the likes of [Edinson] Cavani, Lucas and [Ezequiel] Lavezzi you've got a real problem. But when Chelsea attack, they always attack with a little bit of caution so when it breaks down they are always in the right position to counter what is coming at them."