The Champions League trophy has long been the holy grail for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and despite a turbulent season at Stamford Bridge, the Blues are, remarkably, still in the hunt as Easter weekend approaches.
Roberto di Matteo’s men welcome Benfica this evening with a 1-0 lead over the Portguese giants from their quarter-final first leg in Lisbon last Tuesday and look well placed to advance.
Barcelona may lie in wait in the last four, but Blues fans will need no reminding how close they came to dumping the all-conquering Catalans out at the semi-final stage three years ago.
Chelsea, who were managed at the time, ironically, by another interim boss in Guus Hiddink, were seconds away from sealing a 1-0 aggregate triumph when Andres Iniesta rifled home to silence the Bridge and send Barca through.
The make-up of their team is still largely the same, with some guile and pace added in the shape of Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge and Fernando Torres, so Chelsea will still feel they can beat the holders and go all the way themselves.
Punters considering backing the Blues to become the first London club to win the Champions League should look no further than our price of 12/1, which cannot be beaten by any other bookmaker or exchange at the time of writing.
The price is especially tempting considering it will be trimmed to closer to 10/1 if, as expected, the Blues seal their semi-final spot this evening.
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As for tonight, the Blues are 7/10 favourites to win inside 90 minutes and a very short 3/20 to go through, with the draw available at 14/5 and a Benfica victory priced up at 18/5.
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