Leboeuf snubs Chelsea as he names three favourites for Champions League title

Frank Leboeuf has played down Chelsea’s hopes of winning the Champions League – even though the Blues have one foot in the semi-finals.

Thomas Tuchel led his side to a 2-0 victory over Porto in the ‘away’ leg of their quarter-final tie in Seville on Wednesday night.

It would take a huge upset by the Portuguese side in next week’s second leg for Chelsea not to reach the last four of the competition, where they will face the winner of Liverpool and Real Madrid’s contest.

In light of their impressive win over Porto, Chelsea have been priced up as second favourites to clinch Champions League glory by bookmakers, behind Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell fired Chelsea to a 2-0 first-leg victory
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell fired Chelsea to a 2-0 first-leg victory
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But Stamford Bridge hero Leboeuf insists the heavy hitters on the other side of the draw remain the likeliest winners of the competition.

“I know the bookies are wrong,” the Frenchman – who won four major honours with the Blues – told ESPN .

“You can say you have a feeling but you can’t say Chelsea have a chance to win the Champions League, you have to be far away from really thinking that.

Leboeuf has issued a bleak verdict on the Blues' Champions League chances
Leboeuf has issued a bleak verdict on the Blues’ Champions League chances

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“Of course, in one game you don’t know what can happen and it happened for them when they played Bayern Munich in 2012, playing the final in Munich. It’s possible.

“But they will have to be more consistent up front, stronger in the middle of the park to just hope of winning something.

“Manchester City, Bayern Munich, PSG – I think are still better right now than Chelsea.

“It will be a lot of circumstances to see Chelsea getting the trophy. I wish them, I really wish them but it will be really something amazing.”

City edged Borussia Dortmund to a 2-1 victory in their quarter-final first leg, while PSG have the advantage over Bayern Munich after a pulsating 3-2 win at the Allianz Arena.

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